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: British Empire & Commonwealth

: Wright

: 2000/084/1/1/1

: "Africa Bachelor Days" album

: 1933-1952

: This album, named "Africa: Bachelor Days 1933-1940" by ACAW's widow, contains images taken in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Rwanda (mainly Uganda) during the early part of his career. The pictures are a mixture of landscapes and places of interest lived in and travelled through by Wright, and portraits of people from local tribes which show his passion for anthropology. The photographs include "tourist" shots in Mombasa, and landscapes and scenery which include giraffes at Ngong, Lake Naivasha and flamingoes on Lake Nakuru, Murchison and Ripon Falls on the Nile, the areas around Kamalinga and Karamoja and Lake Bunyonyi. There are images of Wright's house at Gulu, and group photos of his friends, also staff and associates including his interpreter Jeremiah Aswayo, Gulu Chiefs in Lukiko and the Governor of Uganda Bernard Bourdillon. There are also photographs of a safari trip through Acholiland and South Sudan in March 1935, including crocodiles at Lutembe and scenes of hunting hippos, also a safari up Mount Elgon at Christmas 1934. Images taken here show both European and African companions, and a Wanderobo family outside their home. At the end of the album are a small number of pictures of Rwanda, including one of Chief Rukatabaza. Wright's portraits of the members of local tribes often depict his subjects pausing in their daily lives, for example women with pots on their heads and men dancing and drumming. The tribes photographed by him in this way include the Kikuyu, Wandigo, Masai, Teso, Karamajong and Tutsi; some are annotated with the indvidual's name and some with the name of the tribe. There are portraits of members of the royal household of Bunyoro-Kitara, and an annotated series of images of the Mpango (anniversary celebration of Bunyoro king's coronation) at Hoima in 1933. There are pictures of the Verona Fathers' Cathedral under construction, before an image of "Lugolobi's wedding" at the Verona Mission. A series of images immediately following are annotated "The Dance", although it is unclear whether these tribal activities were part of the ceremony or not. There are series of photographs depicting the Kwer Kwac (ceremony of the leopard killed) undertaken by the Clan Adilang, the Kwer Jubi (ceremony of the buffalo hunt) at Acholi, the Kwer Min Lanyoro (ceremony following childbirth), Kwer Jok Lyec (ceremony of the spirit elephant) and Tom Jok ceremony undertaken by the Clan Patiko, all with detailed annotations. A number of Wright's images attempt to classify tribes, presenting portraits of individuals under wider classifications relating to their area of origin. For example, he presents members of the Turkana, Suk and Karamajong under the heading of "Nilo-Hamitic." There are also a series of portrait images of Asian, African-Asian and Arab people annotated with their ethnic or religious origin along with, in some cases, region of origin. At the end of the album are a small number of postcards from the 1950s, sent by the rest of the family to ACAW's daughter Annabel when she was away at boarding school.

Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda

: 1 volume, 1 envelope

: File

: 1 large hard-backed album with 82 pages, 58 of which have photographs glued to them. The binding has been taped to reinforce it and at least one page has become detached. The majority of the images carry manuscript captions, some detailed. A small number of images which had been inserted between the pages have been removed into an envelope, with the pages where they were found marked on the reverse.

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