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Sarajevo minarets

Sarajevo minarets, © Mehmed A. Akšamijaenlarge


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Object:Sarajevo minarets
Description:View of Sarajevo’s old town mosques against a slightly cloudy sky. The focus is on the minaret and low cupola of Čekrekči Muslihudin Mosque at the northern entrance of Baščaršija. A muezzin is standing on the minaret’s balcony, looking in the same direction as the photographer, towards the old town. The mosque forms a triangle together with Baščaršija Mosque in the left lower corner and Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque in the right lower corner, framing Sarajevo’s old town. Apart from this triangle, an axis of mosques and church towers is visible, leading down the valley from east to west – or from the centre foreground to the background on the right – from Čekrekči Muslihudin Mosque to Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, Saborna crkva, Sahat kula, Ferhadija Mosque and probably to Ali Paša Mosque.
Comment:The photograph reveals further geometrical axes: The top of Baščaršija Mosque is connected with the cupola of Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque by the line of hilltops in the background. The minaret of Čekrekči Muslihudin Mosque is set across a long horizontal cloud at a right angle, and pierces a hole in the black cloud directly above. Analogue photographic process, negative-positive (Agfa Isopan 17 DIN). Original preserved as a negative, stored as a negative and a digital record.
Location:Sarajevo, Baščaršija
Country:Bosnia and Herzegovina (contemporary)
Yugoslavia (historical)
Creator:Akšamija, Alija M.
Dimensions:Negative: 60mm x 60mm
Positive: 300mm x 300mm
Keywords:340 Structures > 341 Architecture
340 Structures > 346 Religious and Educational Structures
770 Religious Beliefs > 778 Sacred Objects and Places
780 Religious Practices > 788 Ritual
Bibliography:Akšamija, Mehmed A. (2015): Alija M. Akšamija – Monografija arhivografije. Sarajevo: BANU. Vol. I, 99.
Copyright:Mehmed A. Akšamija
Archive:Alija M. Akšamija private collection, Sarajevo (Collection Sarajevski ciklus 1938./39. – Panorame i vedute Sarajeva, Čekrekčina, Čaršijska i Begova džamija), Inv. No.: A.M.A. N 67 39
Editors:Mehmed A. Akšamija, Kristina Ilić, Nataša Mišković