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A Life in Africa 1894-1939
A Life in Africa 1894-1939

A Life in Africa 1894-1939

Henri Gaden, officer and photographer


360 Pages, 9.75 x 11.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $49.99 (US $49.99) (CA $66.99)

Publication Date: February 2019

ISBN 9782757213629

Rights: US & CA

Somogy Art Publishers (Feb 2019)

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A keen amateur photographer, Gaden was inseparable from his camera during the forty years of his career as a military officer and administrator in Africa. His photographs form a unique pictorial record of everyday life at French colonial and military outposts—and for local communities and peoples. With camera in hand, Gaden knew how to stand witness and capture life scenes of women and men—offering an ambiance, an exchange, even a degree of complicity between the administrator and his photographic subject, be it a prestigious defeated figure like Samory Touré or an ordinary encounter in a village, from Chad to the French Soudan, between 1894 and 1939.

Author Biography

Roy Dilley trained as a Social Anthropologist at Oxford and conducted research for his doctorate in Senegal, West Africa. Appointed to a Lectureship at the University of St Andrews in 1988, he became Professor of Social Anthropology in 2006. He has twice served as Head of Department of Social Anthropology at St Andrews and was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Divinity from 2009 to 2011. His early research interests were concerned with forms of socio-economic organization among members of occupationally specialized groups within specific cultural contexts. His research in West Africa focuses on the anthropology of religion and Islam in Africa, knowledge practices and apprenticeship among Islamic clerics, craftsmen, artisans, and musicians. His latest research project is entitled Colonial Lives, Imperial Contexts, one aspect of which has been the publication of a biography of a French colonial administrator-scholar, Henri Gaden (1867-1939): Nearly Native, Barely Civilized: Henri Gaden's Journey across Colonial French West Africa (1894-1939).