Frederic de Woelmont: Yoff, Dakar (Senegal)
Yoff is a district of Dakar, Senegal. Originally a Lebou fishermen village, the place has since been urbanized but remains one of the most important traditional fishing ports of Senegal and the most traditional neighborhood of Dakar. Fishing and its related activities constitute the basis of the economy in Yoff.
Fishermen vary in number depending on the season. These fishermen are not only local, but also seasonal from Saint Louis, Kayar or the Petite Cote. The fish species include sardines, tuna, grouper, swordfish, monkfish, etc. Depending on the season, the fish caught can be pretty big (more than three meters for large swordfish). The technical means are fairly limited (motorized pirogues) and artisanal fishing is endangered by large trawlers practicing industrial fishing.
Yoff is a village that has retained much of its character. All the people know each other and most of the families have lived there for generations. Community spirit prevails. This makes it a place full of conviviality where it is pleasant to wander. A place of narrow, winding and silted up alleys where each bend allows for new discoveries, beautiful human encounters. A maze that resonates with the sound of children playing and the sound of the yards and backyards activities.
Picture Post photographer THURSTON HOPKINS is 101 today!
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Picture Post Photographer Thurston Hopkins in Tonga, 26th December 1953. Hopkins is sitting under a home-made sign reading ‘Picture Post South Seas Office, Tonga’. Picture Post - 6832 - Report From Tonga - pub. 1953
12th February 1955: A young couple getting to know each other at the Manchester University Student Union Fresher’s Ball.
A parade of lifeguards from the Life-Saving Clubs of Sydney at the Surf Carnival during the Royal tour of Australia and New Zealand, 23rd January 1954. Picture Post - 6832 - Royal Tour:The Empire’s Finest Life Saver - pub. 1954
June 1956: A busy street in Madrid reflected in a shop window. Original Publication: Picture Post - 8493 - Madrid - unpub.