1913: Europeans introducing their Tennis club, written on bare bodies of young african children.
Conakry, Guinea 1904: Wishing relatives back home a happy New Year, using bodies of African men for writing.
I was reading a book by a German Historian Joachim Zeller, titled Weisse Blicke – Schwarze Körper (White perspectives – Black skin) when I came across these pictures, and thought I share them with you.
The historian Joachim Zeller, presented about 400 pictures in his book, most of them selected from Peter Weiss`s postcard collection, whereby Africans are presented as primitive and stupid.
The pictures were taken in the early 20th century, a period known in Africa as the period of the Scramble for Africa by some European countries, and also noted down as a very difficult time in African history because of the physical, spiritual and mental slavery imposed on Africans by those countries who came down to colonise the continent.
Mr. Zeller explained in his book that the pictures are used as postcards, to be sent to relatives and friends back home in Europe, in order to give them a little glance of Africa “the Black Continent“.
He further explains that Africans are presented here just the way they are perceived by Europeans.
1906: Chained prisoners doing their punishment.
After reading some paragraphs in this book and reflecting on what is going on in the world today, how many ethnic groups and races are still being looked down upon as underdogs, uneducated, crime committers, rapers, killers (the list could go on…), I realised how little has changed since the early 19th century. The method might have, but suppression is still going on.
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