Saint-Louis – Photo

© photo unknown photographer from Saint-Louis-du-Senegal, ca 1915-1930
© photo unknown photographer from Saint-Louis-du-Senegal, ca 1915-1930

Anonymous photographer


taken between 1915 and 1930 (Saint-Louis, Senegal)



Exceptional photo serie from an anonymous photographer living in Saint-Louis, Senegal.


A collector of Saint-Louis had kept about 20 negatives 9x13 cm on gelatin from the first quarter of the XXth century.

Number of photographs are taken in the bedroom of a young woman dressed in boubou and traditionally coiffed and bejeweled.


A calendar on the wall printed on a print shows date of Sunday, January 8, (perhaps in 1915 or 1932 ?).


One notes the space taken by photography at that time, the walls of the girl's room was covered with a multitude of framed photographs.


Other shots showed a young girl near a car, subject to satisfaction, a young boy wearing amulets, sign announcing circumcision, a group posing in the street, or also Saint-Louis during an official parade.


Today these modern prints are part of the Revue Noire collection.


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  • PRINT 11 : Couple de Saint-Louis sur un lit, vers 1915-1930 (© DR)