In Nioro (Sudan)—Wives and son of Wolof trader [A Nioro (Soudan)—Femmes et Fils de Marchand Ouolofes]

Possibly Louis Hostalier (Senegal) French
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Following established conventions for formal photographic portraits, the sitters face the viewer, rest their fingers on their knees, and turn outward their Moroccan shoes, known as babouches. This pose allows them to display the typically Senegalese stich-resist patterns on the indigo wrappers they wear around their waists. Closely framed, the sitters fill the picture plane; their voluminous clothing creates a pyramidal composition that imbues the image with a sense of gravitas. The photographer has eliminated all semblance of motion, privileging their statuary presence.

In Nioro (Sudan)—Wives and son of Wolof trader [A Nioro (Soudan)—Femmes et Fils de Marchand Ouolofes], Possibly Louis Hostalier (Senegal) (French, active ca. 1890–1912), Postcard format photomechanical reproduction

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