This Breathing Photograph shows an interview with Paul Julien in Dutch illustrated magazine 'Katholieke Illustratie of May 24th 1961, and links to other iterations of the photographs used with it.
In the colour portrait on the top right in the first spread Julien holds a musical instrument
which also appears on film PJU-465
. These exposures were produced in Northern Nigeria
The caption of this colour photograph translates as follows: "Dr. Paul Julien with a five snare West-African harp. It is curious that musical instruments of a similar shape has also been found in Egyptian graves." A comment confirming the orientalist focus on all things Egyptian as a way to be able to identify with elements of choice in inter-cultural encounters.
The captions with the black and white photographs with the article are equally revealing.
The picture on the upper right is based on 9x12 sheet film PJU-1761
. The caption is "Such anthropological measurements
were done by dr. Julien bij the thousands. The Hadzapi, to which this African belongs, has by now all but disappeared."
To its left is a picture from roll film PJU-660
. The caption reads "Africa changes ever so quickly. Even this Southern Ethiopian
shepherd tries to recognise letters. For the time being, however, he still holds the Norwegian newspaper, sent over by a Norwegian protestant mission post, upside down."
The third picture on the right page of the first spread comes from another roll film PJU-657
: "More substantial are the data gathered through serological research
. Natives of the Dume
tribe (South-Western Ethiopia stare intensely at the vagarious proceedings of the man who "has come to look at their diseases"."
The second spread includes a photograph that is part of the plates all the editions of Julien's first book Kampvuren Langs De Evenaar
, and was used for the dust jacket of the Scheltens & Giltay
edition as well as for the soft cover of the 1993 edition. It is captioned: "Dr. Julien with two children of the Motaba river, French Equatorial Africa
". The negative is missing.