Portrait photographs taken in a photographic studio in Asmara, Ethiopia, during the 1980s.
This collection includes education, administrative and program documents collected and produced by the staff of the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, in the conduct of museum business, 1974-2002.
This collection consists of two copies of the DVD "Arts of the Monsoon," (2016) one standard and one Blu-ray. Produced in 2016 by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, the film portrays how the dhows, in sailing across the monsoon winds of he Indian Ocwean between Oman and East Africa, brought cross-cultural influences along the coastal areas of Sur, Salalah, and Zanzibar.
Videorecorded interviews and demonstrations obtained by Dr. Simon Ottenberg of Nigeria artists in Nigeria and in the United States of America, from April 1994 to June 1996.
Photographs from the Segy Art Gallery, circa 1950s.
This collection includes postcards from 45 African countries. Subjects include agriculture; animals; artists; body arts; cityscapes; cultural landscapes; dance; education; expeditions; flora; industry; leaders; marketplaces; medicine; military; missionaries; music; portraits; recreation; rites and ceremonies; and transportation, among many other topics.
Photographs taken by Marli Shamir in Mali, in 1971. The majority of the images show architecture in Djenne, Mali. Other images depict architecture of the Dogon in Timbuktu, Gao and San. Photographs from this collection were featured by Labelle Prussin's thesis entitled, "The Architecture of Djenne; African Synthesis and Transformation," (Yale University, 1974) and in her book entitled, "Hatumere: Islamic Design in West Africa," (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986). The images have also been displayed in an exhibition entitled, "Marli Shamir Photographs from the Sahel," held in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, in 1976.
Photographs of art objects and of Chaim Gross's art objects taken by Lisa Little and Delmar Lipp at the Museum of African Art, now the National Museum of African Art, for the exhibit entitled, "The Sculptor's Eye," 1976. Lisa Little images are all 120 mm while Delmar Lipp photographed solely 35 mm. The exhibit was held at Worcester Art Museum, Cincinnati Museum of Art and the University of Georgia Museum, 1976-1977.
The videorecording "Togu na and Check: Change and Continuity in the Art of Mali", which documents two forms of art of the Dogon and Bamana peoples in Mali, West Africa, in 1989.
The photographs document African businesses, cities, industry, landscapes, peoples and resources. The collection documents various locations within Kenya, Tanzania, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Zimbabwe, Uganda and South Africa. Peoples represented include Kikuyu, Maasai, Bangi, Chagga, Ndombe, Poto, Bangala, Zulu, and Kongo peoples. There are many images of agriculture, hunting, making pottery, mining diamonds and gold, church services at a Catholic mission, a gathering of chiefs at a court, a lion-killing ceremony, and war dances. Businesses and industries shown include coffee plantations; the DeBeers Diamond Mine; a diamond mine compound and crushing mill; fishing boats; a hemp plantation; ivory trade; a market; and the stock market.