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INVENTORY OF SOUVENIR DU SAHARA, 1901-1904
2007.R.1  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Souvenir du Sahara
    Dates: 1901-1904
    Collection number: 2007.R.1
    Extent: 110 photographs
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Libary
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: Album of photographs (70 gelatin silver, 38 albumen), probably created by an amateur photographer. Images document various sites in or neighboring the Sahara, and features the major cities of Algeria including Oran, Tlemcen, Algiers, and Constantine, as well as the desert oases of Taghit, Biskra and Beni Abbes.
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    Language: Collection material is in French.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Souvenir du Sahara, 1901-1904, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 2007.R.1

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 2007.

    Processing History

    Processed by Amy Sloper.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This album of photographs (70 gelatin silver, 38 albumen) taken mostly by an amateur photographer documents various sites in or neighboring the Sahara, featuring the major cities of Algeria including Oran, Tlemcen, Algiers, and Constantine, as well as the desert oases of Taghit, Biskra and Beni Abbes. Particularly in the more remote regions, the photographs candidly depict the daily life of the indigenous peoples of the area, including Berbers, Jews, Muslims, and Kabyles, as well as a few Moroccans. Numerous images of soldiers from the French military, both French and Algerian, highlight the occupation that was occuring during the early 20th century. There are images of natural sites, such as landscapes, palm groves, and oases, as well as architecture, tombs, mosques, and desert dwellings. The final portion of the album contains both studio and outdoor portraits of soldiers, prostitutes, dancers, and indigenous peoples. Thirty-eight of these are by two or more unidentified commercial photographers.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Berbers—Algeria
    Clothing and dress—Algeria
    Indigenous peoples—Algeria
    Jews—Africa, North
    Kabyles—Portraits
    Mosques—Algeria
    Oases—Algeria
    Occupations—Algeria—History—20th century
    Plants—Algeria
    Soldiers
    Streets—Algeria
    Tombs—Algeria

    Subjects - Places

    Algeria—Descriptions and travel
    Algeria—Military life
    Beni Abbes (Algeria)—Description and travel
    Biskra (Algeria)—Description and travel
    Constantine (Algeria)—Description and travel
    France—Colonies—Africa
    Oran (Algeria)—Description and travel
    Taghit (Algeria)—Description and travel
    Tlemcen (Algeria)--Description and travel

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Albumen prints—Algeria—20th century
    Gelatin silver prints—Algeria—20th century
    Studio portraits—Algeria—20th century
    Photographs, Original