Photo Essay #7...A Series of Portraits From Parts of Africa and The Middle East. (Now in Stories)

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© James Wiley

Photo license: © All rights reserved

This photo essay is a series of portraits I made during two trips to parts of Africa and The Middle East in 1975 and 1978.

I had no intention of photographing this woman but when she saw the cameras, she immediately lowered her veil and gave me a big smile, gold and all. Who could resist making the image?

In my 'Photojournalism' collection.

19 responses

  • lowison

    lowison gave props (22 Dec 2012):

    Very nice portrait, James!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (22 Dec 2012):

    Well done!

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz   gave props (22 Dec 2012):

    Who could resist this image indeed.

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt   gave props (22 Dec 2012):

    another great example of your fine work sir!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (22 Dec 2012):

    What a wonderful opportunity, and of course the result is another of your fabulous portraits!!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (22 Dec 2012):

    She must have felt so comfortable with you. Been to Morrocco and very difficult to catch a face..beautiful image James.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (23 Dec 2012):

    What a wonderful impromptu image and memory that came from it.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (24 Dec 2012):

    No one could resist this James! Love the "golden" smile and the soulful eyes.

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (25 Dec 2012):

    Cool find! Well done.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (25 Dec 2012):

    fantastic portrait!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (26 Dec 2012):

    What a gift she gave you. Immediately drawn to the warmth in her eyes.

  • Jean Reksodiputro

    Jean Reksodiputro gave props (26 Dec 2012):

    You captured this lady soul, happy in her own term.

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (27 Dec 2012):

    Interesting portrait...especially the eyes.

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (29 Dec 2012):

    Portrait of highly effective and sweetness.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (29 Dec 2012):

    James, I am sorry I missed this one...she has such a happy face she has made me smile

  • JanElle

    JanElle gave props (29 Dec 2012):

    The fact that it was so impromptu and she was so uninhibited makes it a favorite for me.. this portrait has a special warmth to it.

  • Barbara Thurlow

    Barbara Thurlow gave props (21 Jan 2013):

    Another stunning portrait, James. Thanks for sharing the story behind it, too.

  • Peter Abzug

    Peter Abzug said (9 Feb 2013):

    Reminds me of Henri Cartier-Bresson's work. Wonderful!

  • Talia Krasicka

    Talia Krasicka gave props (19 Apr 2014):


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