Photographer's Note

Daily life in an ordinary town in North Africa. More or less identical scenes could probably be found all the way from Mauritania to Egypt. This happens to be El Oued, a major oasis in northeastern Algeria, near the Tunisian border.

Actually, El Oued is a bit special. It is partly surrounded by huge sand dunes and many streets outside the center are covered with sand, looking more like beaches than streets. At least that was the case in 1975 when I spent a couple of nights in El Oued.

I scanned this several years ago, and now that I picked it out of from a half forgotten file I thought it was from a B&W film. I was very surprised to realize it was a Kodacolor II negative. The colors were so faded that I had converted it to B&W. I rarely took colour negatives, and I really don't understand why I ever bothered to, since Kodachrome was so incredibly much better. My earliest Kodachrome slides are 47 years old and look as good as new, whereas my few colour negatives are almost destroyed.

The map coordinates 33.36493 6.86468 will show you the location of this mosque called the Sidi Salem, but no little yellow man will be there to assist you.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11712 W: 564 N: 22501] (97588)
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