Photographer's Note

Continuing my series of B&W original photos here is another one from Mali.

When I have posted photos from crowded streets or squares in the Middle East I have often received the question: "Where are the women?".

Now I am proud to say: "Here they are".

Although at least 80% of the population of Mali are regarded as Sunni Muslims, the culture is totally different from that of the Middle East. Or at least it was, 35 years ago when I took this photo. But I can't really imagine it has changed much, in spite of the upheavals of recent years when fundamentalist forces have created a lot of trouble. I am sure women are still active everywhere in society and that they still show their faces and bare arms.

So in this market place in Mopti, south-central Mali, I saw almost only women. Apart from a couple of small boys the only man visible is on his way out, on the left side.

I have scanned this from an Ilford FP4 negative. Here is a larger version. Another photo from a Mopti market is added as a workshop.

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