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Eternal Djénné



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Wet Land
Photograph by Sarah Leen

A member of the Bozo ethnic group, reputedly Djénné’s oldest, casts his net into a channel left by the waters of the Bani River. Archaeologists Roderick McIntosh and Susan McIntosh believe the earliest inhabitants of the region may have been fishermen who came to this well-watered delta more than 2,000 years ago, when the Sahara was drying up. Fishermen, farmers, and herders still depend on the Bani’s floods, which faltered during the droughts of the 1970s and 1980s but resumed in the 1990s.



Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: Nikkor 24mm
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Early evening
Lighting Techniques: Available light





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