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Three photographs from the Coutinho Brothers Studio of Zanzibar

Coutinho Brothers Studio1890

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
Washington, DC, United States

One of three photographs from the Coutinho Brothers studio show women reflecting distinct and different engagements with the photographer and each other. Alternately resistant, playful, and decorous, this range of interactions leaves a complex and ambiguous photographic record. References from the albums in which they were collected suggest two may represent Comorian women, likely referencing the long chemise and trousers and the stylish kanga.

Left:
Comorian Woman Striking a Playful Pose

Photographer unknown
Albumen print
Zanzibar, c. 1890
Middle:
Comorian Woman Striking a Decorous Pose

Photographer unknown
Albumen print
Zanzibar, c. 1890
Right:
Comorian Woman Demonstrating a Resistant Look

Photographer unknown
Albumen print
Zanzibar, c. 1890

Details

  • Title: Three photographs from the Coutinho Brothers Studio of Zanzibar
  • Creator: Coutinho Brothers Studio
  • Date Created: 1890
  • Location: Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Subject Keywords: African Colonial Photographs
  • Type: Photograph, Portrait
  • External Link: Original Record
  • Medium: Albumen Print

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