Twenty :: Mali

‘Twenty’ part 11 :: Mali 1999

‘Twenty’ is an occasional series marking the first twenty years of my work as a professional photographer.

I visited Mali in, I think, 1999, covering a story about water, which involved a trip to Uganda as well.  The most famous place in Mali is, of course, Timbuktu, whose legendary status was confirmed to me when probably a third of people I told I’d been there didn’t even believe it existed. It sits just north of the river Niger, and if you keep heading north, within minutes you’re in the Sahara desert, on the trans-Saharan caravan route.

Once completely off-limits to non-Muslims, it’s still hard to reach, and had a certain peace from it’s remoteness. Recently however, there’s been some terrible fighting and destruction of ancient documents, which look as though it may be slowly coming to a resolution.

Bring ’em all in :: dusk in Timbuktu, Mali, 1999 :: copyright Tearfund

River Niger at Timbuktu, Mali :: copyright Tearfund


Photos: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

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The gallery of images from ‘Twenty’ is here.


richard hanson :: photographer :: sheffield