Photographer's Note

This building was made of adobe (mud and straw) and it contains not just one coffee shop but two.

I took this photo in the city of Mopti in central Mali in the winter of 1982. I don't remember the circumstances, but I guess I may have wanted to capture the young men sitting outside one of the cafés but pretended to take a photo of the sign to the left. One of the men watched me carefully anyway.

What I possibly didn't notice at that time was that the nearest café was called "Au bon café" (The good café), and the other one, where the men were sitting, was "Meilleur café" (Better café). A rather aggressive kind of marketing, but it seems to have worked well.

Of all the "nothing special" photos I have ever posted, this may be the most nothing. The quality is not great, and it doesn't show anything particularly interesting or beautiful, but it indicates the atmosphere of a city on the outskirts of the Sahara desert.

It was scanned from an Ilford FP4 black and white negative. Here is a larger version.

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