February 7, 2015
1445 GAMBIA - "Black Ladies" by Uwe Ommer
Born in 1943 in Bergisch Gladbach (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany), Uwe Ommer has been taking photos for as long as he can remember. In 1963, he came to live in Paris where he started working as a photographer’s assistant. His work was soon recognized and he began shooting fashion and advertising photos. In December 1995, he took on a personal challenge to make a worldwide family photo album, For four years, he crisscrossed the five continents with his Rolleiflex and his portable studio, creating a unique photographic record of the family at the dawn of the third millennium: 1,251 families photographed and interviewed (1000 Families: das Familienalbum des Planeten Erde / 1000 Families: the Family Album of Planet Earth - Taschen, Cologne, 2000). This postcard, depicting a woman from Gambia, is part of a photo album named Black Ladies (Taco, Berlin, 1987 / Taschen, Cologne, 1995).
About the stamps
The stamps are part of the series Musical Instruments of the Manding Empire, about which I wrote here.
Uwe Ommer - Wikipedia
Uwe Ommer - Teens and Families
Uwe Ommer - Official website
Sender: Dauda Mane
Sent from ??? (Gambia), on 20.12.2014
Photo: Uwe Ommer