Blacksmiths

Photograph by

Roberto Hüner

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This photograph was taken in Mali, West Africa. The Dogon people live 180 miles south of Timbuktu on the cliffs of Bandiagara, which dominate the plains for over 150 miles. They speak approximately 120 dialects, many of which are not mutually comprehensible. According to Dogon belief, the smiths’ ability to master and mold metal using fire, makes them mysterious wizards who have conversations with the celestial gods. Their profession is passed on through the generations and they can only marry within their own caste. (Nikon D80 with 18-200mm lens)
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