Photographer's Note

Three very simple photos today from Bobo-Dioulasso, the second largest city of Burkina Faso, taken in January 1982.

After a couple of weeks in the very nice but unglamourous capital Ouagadougou I proceeded by train southwest to Bobo-Dioulasso, usually simply referred to as "Bobo", just like most people would call the capital just "Ouaga". I didn't expect to find any glamour here either, and there was none, but I found a pleasant city where most streets, even in the very center, where lined with trees providing nice shade. I remember some of the major streets were like slightly dusty orchards, with long lines of mango trees on both sides.

Today Bobo-Dioulasso has a population of more than half a million, in 1982 it was considerably smaller, maybe 100,000. The city's name is derived from the two main languages of the region, Bobo and Dioula (also spelled Dyula or Jula).

I discovered today's main photo when searching my West African archive a few weeks ago. I had completely forgotten it, having probably not seen it for 35 years. Again, it's a technically far from perfect photo, but I like the light and the atmosphere among the women and children, and a hen, in this unpaved street. I should point out that it was not one of the main streets.

Two more views from Bobo-Dioulasso can be seen in the workshop. All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

I will remain here for a while. I have only posted one photo from this city before, more than 12 years ago. This time I found several photos that I liked so much that I can't deny you the pleasure of seeing them. ;-) And most of them will even be technically quite acceptable. ;-)

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12716 W: 572 N: 24335] (103642)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1982-01-00
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2020-05-21 23:52
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