Encountering Africa: Henri Gaden’s Life and Photography in Colonial French West Africa, 1894-1939

Research Policy Office
Wednesday 20 September 2017

Reproduced with the permission of the Archives nationales d’outre-mer, Aix-en-Provence, France

Henri Gaden was a French Colonial officer, who lived in West Africa for 45 years. An ethnographer, linguist and gifted photographer, Gaden captured on camera a rich variety of encounters with Africa – from landscapes, architecture and trade to military campaigns and colonial life at numerous outposts. He also documented everyday village life, local music, dance and ritual. Gaden’s striking photographic images, exhibited for the first time at MUSA, provide rare insights into French West Africa in colonial times and the remarkable people he met.

Exhibition at MUSA
5 October 2017–25 February 2018
7a The Scores, St Andrews, KY16 9AR

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