The collection of photographs by Marli Shamir forms a complete thematic unit and offers an impressive picture of a part of West Africa by presenting its architecture, landscape, traditional way of life, economy, crafts and art. Although most of the photos were taken in Mali, the themes they cover encompass the related, much larger area that spreads below the Sahara and reaches the tropical forests and on the other hand, spreads from Senegal to Lake Chad.
The collection of Marli Shamir's photographs holds 77 stills reproduced on tin plates from which 71 were developed in the 50x60 cm format and 6 in the 30x40 format. Originally black and white photographs, they show one part of the African continent – the Sahel with all its specific geographical, historical, demographic and cultural traits.
During her stay in Africa between 1968 and 1973 Marli Shamir passionately dedicated herself to photographing the landscapes, people, farmers, shepherds, objects of everyday use and those of a sacred character. She paid special attention to taking photographs of the architecture, profane and sacred, urban and village buildings made of mud, which are a specific trait of the Sahel.
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