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Niger - salt caravan (Azelaï) between Bilma and Agadez
In the camp at Oued Agamgam - Aïr - Niger
Decorated hands of a Targuia in the camp at Oued Timia - Niger
Nomad children in front of their tent in the camp near El Meki near Timia - Niger
Tuareg women take care of their goats in the camp near Oued Timia - Niger
Waterhole of Eres near Temet, Niger - Canisters are filled with the precious water by the Tuaregs and then transported by camels.
Tuareg girl in the camp of Mechovi - Aïr - Niger.
Exploring - Like a Scout leader, Abakaoua explores the narrow passage that leads to the top of the dunes of Ifiniyane.
Light caravan - For one-day trips, the camel drivers leave behind bags, riding saddles, food and feed supplies at the camp. They will only ride the camels when the heat makes walking unbearable. - Niger / between Aïr and Ténéré / 1999
Caravan leaving for Gouloukou - Gouloukou is marked on the map! The sound of the name is reminiscent of gurgling water. This is not surprising: Gouloukou is a fountain where tadpoles like to have fun. - Niger / between Aïr and Ténéré / 1999
The great outdoors… - The caravan moves southeast, towards the endless Ténéré. - Niger / Ténéré / 2000
Guelta of Enghar - Probably the coldest water in the Aïr! The sun never shines into the depths of this rock cleft on the trail to Toufouchi. - Niger / Aïr / 2001
Guelta of Agamgam - Among volcanic walls, clan chief Abakaoua leads his camels to a drinking hole and its amazingly fresh, cool water.
The only possible way - In a narrow canyon, the caravan of camels examine the only passable route through the rocky chaos. - Abri Ilem / Niger / Aïr
A bit of family history - Abdelkrim ag Ahrmed, son of Ahrmed ag Chaoua, is the grand-son of Chaoua and comes from a dynasty of caravan leaders. In the language of the Tuareg, Tamacheq, “ag” means “son of”. - Niger / Aïr / 2003
Tuareg child - Framed by a tuft of hair dedicated to Allah and amulets bearing verses from the Koran, the look of this boy scans his whole future dedicated to faith. - Tezirzek / Aïr / Niger
The two sisters of Toufouchi - Their features are clean; their look, determined. And a firm will is needed to survive in these inhospitable latitudes. The two sisters of Toufouchi look after the goats, cook, fetch water and find enough time in between for jokes and laughter.
Kids games - When his feet touch the ground, it will be time for the older child to become a man. Then the carefree days of childhood and adolescence will come to an end. - Niger / fountain of Tezirzek / 1992
Selima and son - Called «cul-nu» by the photographer, the son of Selima hides his tiny garment under the wide skirt of his mother. - Niger / Aïr / Zakkat / 2001
Tuareg warrior - With a single blow of his Takuba, Boubakar ag Mohamed has beheaded a jackal... what a feat! As the leader of a clan of ten families from the Kel Takriza tribe, formerly feared in the Sahel because of their raids against black farmers, today he is the most peaceful of Tuareg dignitaries – and the one wearing the most makeup! - Niger / Western Aïr
Abakaoua, a Targi of the Kel Tédélé tribe - Symbol of the stubborn resistance of his people, chief Abakaoua ag Kanom is proud of his 72 years of age and wears an indigo cloth covering his head and shoulders, as well as khol makeup.
Niger - caravan in the evening light - Erg Izane
Tea time in the small village of I-n-Jitane (Niger, Erazer valley), in the middle of the Sahelian region.
Niger - The Tuareg chief Abakaoua from the Aïr region
Touareg caravan - On their way to a distant water source, the caravan stop before nightfall, and then the camels are fed with the hay they carry on their packs. - Niger / Ténéré / Erg Izane / 2000
Crossing the Tagardet pass in the Aïr mountains.
Near the waterhole of Baloumat, a great boulder offers shelter.
Taguella is bread made of wheat and baked in the sand.
At the edge of the Ténéré, Chef Abakaoua leads the way.
Arrival at the Kel Tédélé camp site.
Sheltered by trees at the Kel Tédélé camp site.
The pantry – or the best way to keep food out of animal reach.
A cradle made of goat leather for little Djamila. (Toufouchi, Aïr, Niger)
Mother and children at the Arali camp site. (Oued Issaouane, Aïr, Niger)
Tima using her goat´s milk to make a cheese called Tukemarine. (Toufouchi, Aïr, Niger)
Tuareg nomads selling salt cakes at the camp site. (Camp Aouï, Aïr, Niger)
Filling up with water for people and camels at the Takarit well. (Oued Takarit / Aïr / Niger)
«Water is life» – filling the guerba, made of goat leather. (Guelta Baloumat / Aïr / Niger)
Last efforts in the Ténéré before arriving at the well - Erg Izane / Ténéré / Niger
This Tuareg boy´s hair plaits are consecrated to Allah. - Campement Abakaoua / Puits de Faris / Tezirzek / Aïr / Niger
The chief’s toothbrush - Boubakar ag Mohamed does not smoke. He uses this piece of wood, taken from a very widespread bush in the Sahara called the «Abesgouin», to clean his teeth – which by no means detracts from the authority in his eyes! - Niger / Aïr / 2001
Niger - The caravan leader Mohamed ag Boubakar with his toothbrush.
Portrait of a young Touareg - Faris / Aïr / Niger
The Tuareg Kel Tédélé - Kogo / Aïr / Niger
Touareg woman at the well of Faris - Aïr / Niger
Aïr / Tagueït / The guide
In the desert, it is always the man of knowledge and experience who chooses the best route to preserve the resources of the caravan.
Aïr / The "taguella"
Cooking the taguella owes everything to the desert. The sand acts as an oven, heated by the embers of wood carried on camels.
Erg Izane / Getting into another world
The caravan is about to enter a mineral universe that is no longer the world of men but that of an intact nature where only the nomads know how to survive.
Ténéré / The long walk
Beyond the dunes of Izane, the massif of Tahmert will be the point of arrival in the evening of a long and beautiful day sailing through the Sahara.
Ténéré / Erg Izane / Stop in the shadow
No tree, no rock as far as the eye can see. For the rest of a few minutes, the only shadow is that of the camels, but they can only turn their backs to the sun.
Aïr / Tamgak / The relaxation
In the mountains, men finally find the time and the place of a real relax where water and fire get married.
Aïr / Toufouchi / Beauties of the desert
In the camps the camel-drivers find their wives dressed with their finest attires, like the sailors on their return to the harbour....
Tuareg blacksmith woman (Tézirzek well / Aïr / Niger / 1992)
Wife of Chanounou, chief of a traditional Tuareg tribe (North of Aïr / Niger / 2001)
On indigo fabric background, nomad woman's hands and traditional Tuareg jewellery
Shepherdess of the Iférouane region (North-Aïr / Niger)
The trees feed the goats, which feed the nomads (Nord-Aïr / Niger)