Taken in the years 1934-1937, the photographs of Jean Besancenot (Jean Girard, 1902-1992) are an exceptional testimony to the rural Jewish communities of Morocco, which have now disappeared.
A painter by training, Besancenot took part in several works on French regional costumes. In 1934, during a study trip to Morocco, he was seduced by the country and began to take photographs to capture and document its dress and finery.
Besancenot explores in particular the southernmost regions of the country, little affected by westernization, where Jewish communities, sometimes present since antiquity, live mixed with the Berber populations. Produced during the period of the French protectorate, his images reflect a great closeness to his models, allowing him to combine aesthetic issues and scientific requirements. Her work irreplaceably documents Jewish culture in Morocco, and in particular the female costumes and ornaments, whose repertoire is sometimes common with that of Muslim women.
160 pages / 80 illustrations
Dimensions: 16.2 x 21.8 x 1.3 cm
Book format: Paperback with flap
mahJ - Rmn-Grand Palais Co-publishing
- Paris - Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme
- Art & traditions, Religion
- Jean Girard (1902-1992)