Dad in Africa

Morocco. 1954

Slide Photography by A. La Mont Henriksen


I think I was lead to look at these photos today, as they completely moved me.  Labeled, 1954 Dad trip to Africa.  Images my dad took during his travels in the military as a young man.  This is what he saw, what he wanted to record.  I wish he could tell me about them as I don’t remember seeing them before.  How can there only be just a handful.

Photographer dad.   Photographer daughter.

I’m drawn in by the hand gesture, the color, worn fabric and patterns.


Immediately I noticed the middle lady with a square purse and those 50’s curves.  And what is the story about the person she’s walking with.



I can’t fathom the life these women were forced to live.



Texture and color and lighting, all Love.  And the contrast of what he gets to wear with what she’s forced to wear.  Jack thinks she’s a ghost.



And the man below, standing in the middle with his back to us, dividing up the picture.





I love the white and blues, and the lone figure walking.





Did these people hate Americans back then?



Dad must have handed his camera to someone else, for those that know him can pick him out below.








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  • BridgetJanuary 13, 2011 - 9:14 am

    OH, I love the ones with Grandpa! And the one with the kids! Wow!

  • Natasha DixonJanuary 13, 2011 - 10:28 am

    These are beautiful… it like looking at an old national geographic… thank you for sharing..

  • AnandaJanuary 13, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    Lauri, thank you so much for sharing this part of Grandpa!
    These are indeed priceless.

  • brittJanuary 13, 2011 - 4:14 pm

    Thank you, thank you!

  • HollyJanuary 13, 2011 - 8:25 pm

    I’ve never seen these before and didn’t even know that dad had gone to Africa. They are great photos and I agree with you – I wish I could ask dad about them. Thank you so much for sharing these.

  • SharytiJanuary 14, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    THANK YOU!!! Oh this makes me want to travel even more. I never knew grandpa had gone to Africa and I soo long to go. Thank you!