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Photos of Albanian Women

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By Elonë Beqiraj

 

Some old photos of albanian women which I collected through my researches years ago.

What I find fascinating and beautiful about these women is the deep mystery and untold story that their aura let me feel everytime I look at their faces. It makes me wonder what a history it was, that painted their faces and what is that their eyes want to whisper to us. A mesmerizing beauty as silent and mysterious as our marvellous, deep forests. Silent and yet so full of words. Words so strong that they could’ve moved mountains if the world had not constantly steered their path.

With these photos, I want to give your silent protest, a face.

Women near Shkodra, Giuseppe Massani, 1940

Women near Shkodra, Giuseppe Massani, 1940

Young girl from Puka, 1940

Young girl from Puka, 1940

Paesant woman near Elbasan, photo by Hugo Bernatzik, 1929

Paesant woman near Elbasan, photo by Hugo Bernatzik, 1929

Highland bride/Nuse malësore, Den Doolard, 1932

Highland bride/Nuse malësore, Den Doolard, 1932

Woman in the market of Shkodra, by Deen Doolard, 1932

Woman in the market of Shkodra, by Deen Doolard, 1932

Highland bride, 1929

Highland bride, 1929

 

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