Photographer's Note

In 1988 the UNESCO awarded two Malian towns the status of world heritage. One was Timbuktu, the other was Djenné.

Six years earlier, in early March 1982, I arrived in Djenné. The town is rather strategically situated, partly surrounded by a winding river. To enter the town in 1982 I had to be ferried across the river. Unless there is now a bridge, this secluded location may have saved Djenné in recent years from being attacked by Islamist militias. Many other places in northern and central Mali have been attacked and ransacked, but as far as I know Djenné has remained calm.

Djenné is famous for its unique mosque built of mud and a remarkably uniform civilian mud architecture.

I have posted a few photos from Djenné before. I had several other photos but they turned out so miserably when I scanned them that I couldn't show them here. Recently I made new attempts and was much more successful.

So now I am pleased to be able to show you some more of the photos I took one early morning before the usual strong light had destroyed the colours.

The main photo shows women starting the day by drawing water from a public well, soon after 6 AM. The out of focus background gives you an idea of the town architecture.

Two more photos from the hazy morning can be seen in the WS. As usual they were all scanned from Kodachrome slides.

This is the start of a short series of revived photos from Djenné . My next upload will be dedicated to the famous mosque, then followed by civilian areas.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12424 W: 572 N: 23858] (102042)
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