This Breathing Photograph consists of a publication in Dutch magazine Katholieke Illustratie
, and the full frames of photographs published with it.
The negatives are the following 9x12 sheet films
Nkoul, here captioned: '"A small, friendly, wrinkled face looks up to me solemnly." Akoumbéng
, the old, silent Bakah-woman, who narrated her tragic life to dr. Paul Julien'],
[Mpan, here captioned: '"Have a dry hut built of Akoumbéng". A camp of the Bakah pygmies. In the foreground one sees the entrances to the huts, which are constructed of twigs and leaves.'],
[Bakah child at Teguessang
, here captioned '"Nothing is more affectionate than a pygmie
child, once a stranger won its trust". Dr. Paul Julien with a small Bakah
[Bayak dancer at Mpan
, here captioned as '"After a short break the roar of the drums commenced and the number of dancers quickly increased." A Bakah dancer.']
All produced in 1936
, here captioned: 'Pygmies of the Batwa
produced in 1947
The title of the article translates into "The Tragic History of Akoumbéng
by Dr. Paul Julien". Bigger than the title is the quote "her husband and all of her children are dead".
Akoumbéng, the text tells us, lost her husband as well as all of her children. In the story Julien narrates of the special bond he experiences between himself and Akoumbéng, in which he presents her as a grateful and honourable person who is upgraded to a person of wealth through his gifts to her, and in return passes her share in a honey harvest on to him. In his 1936 notebook Julien mentions that Akoumbéng has a daughter with eight children of her own. In the book the elderly woman is with "a young woman who I had seen in her company before".
The text of the article is an adaptation of chapter XV in, and one of the pre-publications in the same magazine of, the book Pygmies