Bilder aus Bamum, Kamerun
Auswahl aus dem Archiv von mission 21 / Basler Mission

Anlässlich der Ausstellung "Kamerun - Kunst der Könige", die vom 3.2. bis 25.5.2008 im Museum Rietberg in Zürich stattfindet, präsentieren wir eine Auswahl von 75 Bildern aus Bamum. Diese wurden zwischen 1905 und 1915 von Missionaren und Missionarinnen der Basler Mission, die damals in diesem Gebiet tätig waren, aufgenommen. Die Serie fokusiert auf das Leben am Hofe von König Njoya in Fumban, der Hauptstadt Bamums. Auf finden Sie rund 600 Bilder aus Bamum.

Möchten Sie alle rund 600 Bilder aus Bamum anschauen, führt sie folgender Pfad zum Ziel: -> SEARCH -> I agree -> Geography -> [modern state] -> Africa {continent} -> Cameroon {modern state} -> Western Province {province} -> Bamum {region}

During the exhibition "Cameroon - Art Work of the Kings" which is on display at the Museum Rietberg in Zurich from 3 February - 25 May 2008 we are presenting a selection of 75 photographic images from Bamum. The photographs were taken between 1905 and 1915 by staff of the Basel Mission who were working in that area of Cameroon. The series depicts everyday life at and around the court of King/Sultan Njoya in Foumban, the capital of Bamum.
The following path can be used to access all images (ca. 600) from Bamum on this website:
SEARCH -> I agree -> Geography -> [modern state] -> Africa {continent} -> Cameroon {modern state} -> Western Province {province} -> Bamum {region}

This is a web site for everyone

who is interested in photographs taken on the boundary between European and African and Asian cultures between 1850 and 1950. The photographs you can find here were mostly taken by missionaries. But they do not reflect a narrow view of mission. Judging by their photographs many of these men and women were fascinated by the unknown world around them which they were gradually learning to understand, and had great respect for the people with whom they lived and worked.

So - enjoy our web site!

As you open it you are looking at sources of importance for many aspects of the social and cultural history of the regions where the missionaries worked. In the introductory screens you will find the information you need to start using the web site <First Time>. You will also find the "rules of the game" <Rules> because, although we are delighted you are going to use your creative intelligence on these pictures, we do ask you to observe two taboos and respect one request from our side. You will find examples of what you can do with these photographs <VisIPs>. You will find information on the institution whose archive holds these pictures, on the agency which has designed the web site, and the foundation which made it financially possible <Institutions>.

One last remark

Although a missionary society is interested in the whole world - and photographs taken on the territories of more then 70 states can be called up by a search using their names - the Basel Mission concentrated its work on a few specific regions of the world. So the great bulk of the photographs you are going to look at were taken on what is now the territories of the West African countries of Ghana and Cameroon; of two of the states of the Indian Union (Karnataka and Kerala); and of the Hakka-speaking parts of Canton Province in China, and in Hong Kong.

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