Moorish Woman and Child on the Terrace, I, Algiers, Algeria


This photochrome print of a woman and child, most likely of Arab or Berber origin, in Algiers is part of “Views of People and Sites in Algeria” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). The people in the photograph are identified as Moors, a term that refers to people of mixed Arab and Berber descent who inhabit the coastal regions of northwestern Africa, including Algeria. The terrace in the foreground of the print overlooks both the harbor and the Champ de Manoeuvres, the city’s racecourse and exercise ground for troops. The 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and sea routes: Handbook for Travellers described the old city of Algiers as presenting “a highly attractive picture of Oriental life.” A place of diverse inhabitants for centuries, it was invaded or settled by Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Turks, and pirates before the French conquest. The harbor of Algiers was both beautiful and strategically significant for the French navy.

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Detroit Photographic Company, Detroit, Michigan

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1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color


  • The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr., and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. Husher. They obtained exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. This innovative process was applied to the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market. The firm became the Detroit Publishing Company in 1905.
  • Print no. "6258".

Last updated: May 11, 2015