This photo largely speaks for itself. There's very little I can add, just that it was taken in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan in May 1973 and that I have scanned it from a Kodachrome slide.
Although I don't know this for a fact I am fairly convinced that the owner's first name wasn't Harry.
And here is a larger version.
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dhananjay_sutar (60) 2014-02-22 7:22
Hey wow...Whoever took this picture from which u scanned...amazing...But to me it also seems like an oil painting..Great Picture..Hope someday Afghanistan gets back it's hay days...
carlo62 (29453) 2014-02-22 7:40
anche questa foto non sembra portare i segni del tempo, č ancora molto nitida e con ottimi colori.
Molto bello lo scatto, un negozio originale e caratteristico, con l'eccellente presenza della persona in abiti locali.
Romano46 (16584) 2014-02-22 7:45
la scannerizzazioe non hanno minimamente intaccato la definizione come si nota molto chiaramente dalla versione large.
Il soggetto come per molte foto che tu proponi č sempre attuale.
Dosati molto bene sia il colore che il contrasto.
Una foto molto bella sia all'origine che dopo la trasformazione a seguito di una scannerizzazione perfetta.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
serp2000 (38838) 2014-02-22 7:49
Hi again, Gert,
I think if you could make this photo in Afghanistan today it could be also very interesting report. Perhaps the parrents of Harry were owners of this workshop. ;)
When I have see the big cups, pictures, sculptures and another souvenirs I have think about the limits for my suitcase in airplane.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-02-22 7:59
from one can see this potter knows his job. The bowls and amphoras displayed proudly in his shop have very pretty shapes all color. Maybe the merchandising could help a little bit to improve his business, but for the photo purposes the scenery is just great. The old doors add very much to the picture and the presence of the shop owner little bit aside brings some life to the image.
Well captured and executed!
Have a lovely weekend, my friend!
Silvio1953 (118290) 2014-02-22 8:06
Ciao Gert, lovely daily life composition with a lot of beautiful objects, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
annjackman (18497) 2014-02-22 8:11
The colours are very good in this scanned slide. The pots stand out beautifully against the black background. The man to one side adds interest in this very well organised composition. Beautifully rendered. I wondered what life is like now in this region.
Kind Regards, Ann
saxo042 (37058) 2014-02-22 8:59
A mycket fin och mycket detaljfylld bild. Här finns mycket man kan studera och det finns också många fina färger. En perfekt skannad bild.
Fis2 (83220) 2014-02-22 9:00
A very curious shop.
I like POV and composition.
Excellent quality slide!
Have a nice evening
everlasting (14512) 2014-02-22 9:24
The blue vases are very eye catching in this old scene, many things have changed in the country since this was taken, but I am sure there are still shops like this to be found.
subhendu_bagchi (25404) 2014-02-22 9:54
wonderful composition Here. Like how the life was going there, like how the time was at 40years ago. Excellent photo quality. Another great one from your oldies. Tfs.
SnapRJW (30078) 2014-02-22 10:07
Hi Gert - I wonder, are the pots displayed for local trade or is the shop aimed at visitors? The blue-green pieces are attractive but I would love one of the large bowls in the front of the display, I can think of many uses for one. I like this shop, it has a rustic, uncomplicated appeal where one immediately connects with the artisan craft; so different from shops we usually shop in. Warm regards Rosemary
macjake (54070) 2014-02-22 10:40
well....you never know! but i assume you're correct, i doubt it very much too!
hmmm...is there another set of doors? if you pull the two doors together here, i'm sure they aren't large enough to cover the entire opening - perhaps they're folded back.
I wonder if the owner is still there, or maybe the shop has been passed down to other family members as years go by.
did you purposely wait for someone to enter into the scene, like the man on the left? i bet you did din't you!
a fun photo to examine.
ourania (28368) 2014-02-22 10:50
this is a wonderful photo, a lovely and interesting fragment of daily life in Afghanistan 43 years ago. The items displayed at "Mr Potter's" shop are attractive and tell us about the people's way of living and habits. Life, decoration and transactions must have been so simple. I like very much the colours and the textures, the shining vases against the dark backdrop, the mysterious and captivating human presence on the left. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
lousat (73973) 2014-02-22 11:48
Hi Gert,looks like a shop for the tourists from Tunisia or Egypt...ehehe...but i know that this isn't the true,absolutely beautiful this old capture from Afghanistan,and the usual perfect work in PP to show us the best details and very bright colors,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
krzychu30 (15348) 2014-02-22 14:19
exactly the kind of photography I like so much.
Well observed,framed and timed daily-life scene.
Bright,vivid colors certainly help You to make the scene more attractive and to animate it a little bit.
Have a nice sunday
imageme (1625) 2014-02-22 17:26
Hi Gert, Wonderful mixture of colours and light. Those hand made pots and other products are well presented and they have unique craftsmanship. The old doors framed the composition quite nicely. Super well composed image of this store. Thank for sharing
wolf38 (31068) 2014-02-23 0:34
Hello Gert. The pottery is probably one of the oldest crafts of the people. According to the country and people change shapes, patterns, artistic quality, etc. Even Mr. Potter's shop is worth a visit. Also this scan of an old Kodak slide is well presented.
By the way ... there are still photographers who photograph primarily with black and white film and then scan the developed film.
Nicou (118150) 2014-02-23 1:48
avec cet homme quelle boutique sueprbe tous ces beaux objets ā acheter et ces deux portes et volets de bois qu'il ouvre quelle vue sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
Subhogen (4065) 2014-02-23 2:27
This is another wonderful slice from Afghanistan more than 40 years back. It is a real shame that these happy go lucky people left their paint brushes and pottery wheels for guns. I sincerely hope that they return to this some day. Love the peacock green colour on those flower vases. It contrasts so well with the rustic surroundings. Excellent shot, it is a treat to view. Thanks for sharing.
kasianowak (5488) 2014-02-23 3:42
What a fascinating shop! I like the variety of shapes and colours.
Definitely not Harry... :)
abmdsudi (41266) 2014-02-23 5:41
An interesting insight of local flavour, tradition and informative supported by an equally fascinating and colourful composition that you have really managed to convey the essence of the place very well. The pottery are truly beautiful in exotic shapes and colors, its bright in excellent clarity and good contrast. The fig really helps to balance the shot pulling the image together to make it work. Great capture of another olde-worlde, Congrats.
rychem (20861) 2014-02-23 7:19
High quality of this scanned photo, beautiful scene and very nice pottery art, jugs, vases and pitchers are so different and beautiful, very well seen
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-02-23 7:35
Another beautiful scan from a now 40 year old slide, Gert. The colors here are amazingly vibrant, especially when contrasted with the dull wood and dirt that surrounds these pots and ceramics. And of course the figure at left makes the shot, adding interest and sowing life in the area. Thanks!
photographer_sg (3417) 2014-02-23 10:07
that is a beautiful composition with lovely colours and clarity. So many interesting details. We could perhaps check inside if they have some wands for sale... : ). Thanks for sharing and have a great new week.
worldcitizen (6651) 2014-02-23 11:58
There are so many beautiful colors in this photo. I especially like the shiny blue and green pieces that are on the tables. The old wood doors also have a lot of character, and the man is standing in the perfect spot, not blocking the pottery, but allowing a view of his blue coat. The whole scene just has a great feeling to it.
Miguel82 (21744) 2014-02-23 18:12
This is definitely a brillant picture Gert with art items and pottery very interesting to watch out, an authentic street picture with fine colors, all the best, have a good start of week
trevormoffiet (2860) 2014-02-23 20:44
Detta är en annan stor bild från Afghanistan på 1970-talet.
Tack för era kommentarer i svenska på mina bilder. De har varit mycket hjälpsam för mig att förbättra min förmåga att läsa svenska. Men jag har nu ett projekt för ett år och kommer inte att spendera någon tid på TE under den tiden. Om jag går till Sverige 2015, jag kommer att kontakta dig och Gunnar för att hitta om det finns en möjlighet för oss att träffas.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-02-23 23:40
I always wait for your photos, because they give a very deep insight into time. This too is magnificent.
I especially like the way a thread had been tied to keep the door from auto shutting. Very ingenuous and befitting the era.
tyro (19288) 2014-02-24 0:01
No, I agree: this man doesn't look like a "Harry" somehow.
This is yet another wonderful photograph plucked from your magnificent selection of old Kodachrome slides and from a time when travel in Afghanistan was perhaps somewhat less dangerous than it is now. Mr. Potter himself would appear to have wandered off next door and is probably having a conversation with his neighbouring shopkeeper. Curiously, he appears to be wearing a rather strange blue coat which looks decidedly western - those strange quilted nylon coats which people here seemed to wear about forty years ago.
But I like his display of goods at the entrance to his shop - unglazed pots (many like "amphora" from Roman times) sit amidst finished and glazed bowls with rather finely coloured and glazed tall vases in the background. And the woodwork at the entrance, though rather tatty, does not seem to have suffered too much from its almost total lack of any remaining paintwork.
A photograph which has survived the decades well with amazingly good colours and contrasts and which also clearly demonstrates the excellent powers of observation and composition of the young photographer.
eldancer1 (26092) 2014-02-24 7:42
If you bought one of those work of arts it would have been a good investment, I'm sure their prices have gone up by now. Nice documentation with good lighting and nice details. Great job scanning. Well done, tfs.
Kielia (23013) 2014-02-24 8:08
excellent light brings out the colors in this fascinating scene. Different things make a great subject and these ones are extra special. My compliments!
TRB (13709) 2014-02-24 10:14
Framing, colors, excellent sharpness and light.
Beautiful composition, detail is remarkable.
excellent exposure and sharing.
fabbs99 (16147) 2014-02-24 22:00
This is a marvelous image of potter's shop from Afghanistan.Perfect composition and sharpness.Keep sharing. TFS
pajaran (49662) 2014-02-24 22:09
Dobar rad, lepa fotografija i secanje.
Lepo pokazana prodavnica sa robom, lepe boje.
Dali i danas postoji prodavnica, koju robu prodaje.
Imajte lep dan i sve najbolje sa lepim secanjem na 1973.
Good work, beautiful photos and memories.
Nice shown to store the goods, beautiful colors.
Do you still shop there which sells goods ...
Have a nice day and all the best with beautiful memories of in 1973.
mesutilgim (81392) 2014-02-25 2:13
Hello dear Gert,
Another topclass capture from your "treasure chest" !
Very good layout and again many interesting details.
My fovorite is the interesting birdscage !
TFS and have a nice day
Royaldevon (27585) 2014-02-25 2:24
You really did make me smile with this!
You have found some riches with these photographs and, they have scanned so very well!
I'm captivated by the shop, the textures, the displays, how different from Sainsbury's, Ikea, etc!
I'm so glad you were able to include a figure, he brings the whole to life.
Have a great day,
danos (84367) 2014-02-25 6:35
nice the scene from the '70s with the pottery shop to looks so beautiful and unique.The presentation of the owner adds life in the image.Excellent the light and the colour management of the scene.Well done.
adidas5nb (4648) 2014-02-25 7:18
great shot from 40 years ago.love to see through your pic what the world was like back then.amazing snap.
kato (11630) 2014-02-25 18:29
You're capturing well these shop by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the shop which many kind of potteries are set on the ground or the shelf. It's also interesting in the contrast of colorful bowl as the painting at front side and white jar at center. Blue and green potteries on shelf of shop look like the metal. And, it's impressive for undecorated and simple shop with minimum requirements as a business.
Graal (95986) 2014-02-26 0:08
another interesting old slide and presentation of daily life in Afghanistan in 1973. Nice colors, superb quality of scan. Photo I like.
Have a nice day.
emka (75107) 2014-02-26 2:07
Hi Gert, He seems too old to be Harry Potter. Interesting jugs, specially these blue ones. Nice shop. And there is something strange near the jugs. Interesting clothes of the owner. Fantastic texture rendering of the wooden doors.
WArm regrads MAlgo
cornejo (29349) 2014-02-26 11:56
Hello Gert, interesting scene of daily life in the pottery shop, nicely captured in this excellent photograph with good sharpness, nice color and light. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy rest of the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
PaulVDV (21165) 2014-02-27 11:22
The picture is well detailed and lets us discover a few things.
Aghanistan was ahead of its time; in the early seventies graffiti was already a phenomenon there (with obvious attempts to remove it).
Perhaps only in the warmer months but I've noticed also before on other pictures of this country that people in Afghanistan didn't need to spend much time at washing socks.
The beautifully coloured blue and green vases stand in a stark contrast to the rather raw environment in which they are sold. It must have been very enjoyable to walk around and to take pictures in a souk without the sellers even thought that foreigners could be a potential source of income. I suspect that the few travellers in Afghanistan, visited the country as part of a much larger journey and therefore didn't have a reputation of being buyers of souvenirs.
This is a very well composed picture of which the scan looks very beautiful.
Best regards, Paul
claudeD (31261) 2014-02-28 4:12
very fine picure with fine colors and sharpness.Excellent composition and clarity. I like the view very much.Very good contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Kaisa71 (228) 2014-03-09 11:14
Hälsningar från Finland.
I first thought you have been recently to Afganistan which nowadays is far away from common or safe tourist destination BUT wow....the photo was taken in 1973 with a film camera. That is great because the photo is sharp (all little details are well seen) and colors are good as well....good work!! The bright colors against the colorless wooden walls look beautiful and the man on the left looks interesting...is this his pottery shop? TFS
nikkitta (13953) 2014-03-10 18:37
I am watching little by little all your fascinating old captures
This is really like a picture, beautiful pottery, show in an organized way framed by old doors and matching colors with the vendor clothes
Just have a watch at the largen version, better that a new one
Well done, regards
adores (35100) 2014-03-20 16:39
Great shot once more! I find Yemen and Afghanistan so authentic in spite of the danger and these old photos really transmit that. I'm not sure these places have changed much since then. Good shot with nice details, not just the pottery, but also the doors and the clothes of the man.
mcmtanyel (11621) 2014-04-02 21:28
What a lovely photo from my junior high school years! The colors are still lovely after so many years. Lovely photo of Afghan everyday life from 40 years ago!
COSTANTINO (52832) 2014-04-08 7:47
Good afternoon dear driend
lets go for shopping I love all those
ancient things very wellplaced out
of this shop the tradition is
always atradition and you are right
that this photo largely speaks
for itself those blue green handmade
articles are lovely and really attractive
have a nice evening
Tigerlily (3053) 2014-04-22 12:39
Wonderfully captured image, the colour is wonderful. No, he is no(t in a) Ha(u)rry, but he is a Potter..;-D
jmdias (53535) 2014-04-25 17:34
a small piece of art. amazing compo. the objects are marvelous, the rustic details around and this personage very well positioned and presented. TFS this window to the past in a time world was happy and it didn't know.