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SIBA – A Visual Approach to Explore Everyday Life in Turkish and Yugoslav Cities, 1920s and 1930s

Passers-by in front of greengrocer's shop

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Object:Passers-by in front of greengrocer's shop
Description:Blurred shot of a man walking down a lane in the Kovači mahalla. He is dressed in traditional costume, with an ahmedija, čakšire and opanci. Behind, a row of shops offer their respective goods on the sidewalk. On the left side of the picture, a grocer in local urban clothes is looking at the photographer, leaning against the timber partition of his shop in a relaxed manner, next to his fruit and vegetables. On the other side of the partition, in the picture’s centre, metal pots, plates and ibriks are set out on a board. In the upper left corner is a sign for Mustafa Nedopek’s workshop, with a pile of flour sifters on display. In front is the blurred silhouette of a barefoot girl or small woman in dimije and mahrama rushing uphill.
Comment:Analogue photographic process, negative-positive (Agfa Isopan 17 DIN). Original preserved as a positive on silver bromine paper, stored as a print and a digital record.
Location:Sarajevo, Kovači
Country:Bosnia and Herzegovina (contemporary)
Yugoslavia (historical)
Creator:Akšamija, Alija M.
Dimensions:Positive: 180mm x 180mm
Keywords:100 Orientation > 103 Place Names
130 Geography > 131 Location
290 Clothing > 292 Special Garments
320 Processing of Basic Materials > 326 Smiths and Their Crafts
460 Labor > 463 Occupational Specialization
560 Social Stratification > 563 Ethnic Stratification
Bibliography:Akšamija, Mehmed A. (2015): Alija M. Akšamija – Monografija arhivografije. Sarajevo: BANU. Vol. I, 76.
Copyright:Mehmed A. Akšamija
Archive:Alija M. Akšamija private collection, Sarajevo (Collection Sarajevski ciklus 1938./39. – Slučajni prolaznici u pokretu VI), Inv. No.: A.M.A. P 24 39
Editors:Mehmed A. Akšamija, Kristina Ilić, Nataša Mišković