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A man asleep in a doorway of an alley, in Algiers, 1880 (print on double-weight paper)

A man asleep in a doorway of an alley, in Algiers, 1880 (print on double-weight paper)


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A man asleep in a doorway of an alley, in Algiers, 1880 (print on double-weight paper)

3561549 A man asleep in a doorway of an alley, in Algiers, 1880 (print on double-weight paper); (add.info.: Algiers, Algeria
1880 - 1890
Photographer: Unidentified Author); Alinari Archives, Florence

Media ID 38472410

© Alinari Archives, Florence / Bridgeman Images

Alley Anthropology Arab Berbers Beam Building Elements Decoration And Sections Ethnography And Folklore Functions And Treatments For The Body Individual Negroid Populations Of Social Conditions Physiological And Psychological Aspects Population And Nationality Rest Society And Politics Taking A Rest Lane Calle


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This haunting image captures a moment frozen in time, a man peacefully asleep in the doorway of an alley in Algiers, circa 1880. The stark black and white contrast of the photograph on double-weight paper adds to the sense of isolation and vulnerability conveyed by the subject. The man's slumber seems deep and undisturbed, his body curled up against the hard stone of the building. His face is obscured, leaving us to wonder about his identity and circumstances. The architecture surrounding him speaks to a world far removed from our own, with intricate details hinting at a rich cultural history. In this scene, we are confronted with questions about social conditions, poverty, and human resilience. The photographer remains unidentified, adding another layer of mystery to this poignant portrait. As we gaze upon this print from Alinari Archives in Florence, we are reminded of the power of photography to capture fleeting moments and evoke empathy for those living on society's margins. This image serves as a reminder that behind every door lies a story waiting to be told – if only we take the time to look closely enough.

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