Archive for the ‘Traversée’ Tag

Photograph of John Perivolaris Taken at Studio Chérifi, Annaba, 30 June 2010. Cost: 80 Dinars

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Independence Day, Algiers

Independence Day and my last day in Algiers. Half-hearted celebrations, a few more flags and police than usual. Algerians seem largely to ignore the national holiday, with many shops open for business and young couples strolling on the sea front. Nationalism is perhaps here, as elsewhere, only a ghost of contradictions, summoned as troubled cultural expression and conflicted by ethnic grievances. It is also a presiding spirit of resistance to the economic dispossession and police control of Algerians by an oil-rich elite at home, as well to the marginalisation of Algerian minorities in France. It was this spirit that imbued the carnivalesque repossession of public space by Algerians in the centres of Marseille and Paris during the 2010 World Cup.

Zone de Sécurité, Algiers-Annaba

Les Femmes d’Alger, Avenue Victor Hugo

Virtually the only way to photograph on the streets of Algiers is with the iPhone.

Water’s Edge, Algiers

Water’s Edge, Algiers

North to North, from Place Kettani, Algiers

A glimpse of freedom on the margins of the city.

North to North, from Place Kettani, Algiers

Samples of Zineddine Bessaï’s Work

The Handmade Notebooks (6) of the Graphic Designer, Zineddine Bessaï, aka T. Kharbishine