Agadez, Portraits From the Sahara photo show

These photos hung at Rendezvous Restaurant in Central Square in Cambridge for eight months in 2012.  Most of them were taken in the Teneré region where the Sahara Desert meets the Air Massif Mountains in Northern Niger.  This area, one of the most magnificent landscapes in the world, is not considered safe and is inaccessible now due to kidnappings and instability. 

For a price list and information about purchasing prints, please send an email to: rw@zerogravityfilms.com.

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  • Agadez, Niger

    Most of these photos were taken in the Agadez region of Niger, where the Sahara Desert meets the Air Massif Mountains in Northern Niger. One of the most magnificent landscapes in the world, this region now is not considered safe and is inaccessible to westerners due to kidnappings and instability. For a price list and information about purchasing prints, please send an email to: rw@zerogravityfilms.com.

  • The Tuareg

    The Tuareg are known as a peaceful people, but over the centuries they have been fierce defenders of their independence and freedom. They have staged many rebellions against the government of Niger. Historically a nomadic people, they are now challenged with adapting to a modern world. Recently a Tuareg was named as Prime Minister of Niger, so there is great hope for their future.

  • Amani Aghali

    He was one of the leaders of the many rebellions staged by the Tuareg against the government of Niger. While a peaceful people, the Tuareg have over the centuries been fierce defenders of their independence and freedom.

  • Tuareg Woman, Gougaram, Niger

    The Tuareg are a moderate Muslim culture who are more adherent towards Sufism, worshiping in their own way, a more mystical dimension of Islam. Women have equal power in the Tuareg community, and do not have to cover their faces while the men often do.

  • Tuareg Camel trader

    The Tuareg for centuries have driven the great camel caravans crossing the Sahara Desert, connecting North Africa with West Africa, transporting not only salt, millet, dates, perfume and spices, but also arts, history and music.

  • Baba

    He was our driver while shooting part of the documentary, "Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion". This was taken while we were waiting for the ferry to cross the Niger River.

  • Tuareg Girl, Agadez

    In the bush, Women in the Tuareg communities are responsible for the education of the children. Coming from Agadez, this girl has an opportunity to attend the public school.

  • Tuareg Women

    The Tuareg are a moderate Muslim culture who are more adherent towards Sufism, worshiping in their own way, a more mystical dimension of Islam. Women have equal power in the Tuareg community, and do not have to cover their faces while the men often do.

  • Marabout of Agadez

    He is the keeper of the Grande Mosque of Agadez, located in the center of the town on the property of the Sultan of Agadez. This mosque is the tallest mud mosque in Africa.

  • Wodaabe Woman

    taken at the NGO Rain for the Sahel and Sahara. Mostly from Niger, The Wodaabe are part of the Fulani ethnic group, and the women are known for their beautiful embroidery and their rich cultural ceremonies .

  • Truck Driver

    This Nigerian driver transports truckloads of goods, animals and people from Nigeria in the South, all the way to Algeria and Libya in the north.

  • Tuareg Children

    These children live just north of the Air Mountains at the edge of the desert. There is a small school nearby and they are also schooled by the women of the community.

  • The Great Mosque, Djenne, Mali

    This is the largest mud mosque in the world, it is situated in Djenne, Mali, one of the oldest sub-Saharan towns in Africa. This photo was taken on a Monday which is the one day a week that market is held, attracting residents and traders who travel many miles from villages out in the bush and desert.

  • Moutains of the Dogon Region

    This magnificent region near Timbuktu, Mali until recently was a popular tourist destination, is now considered dangerous because of instability and kidnappings. There is evidence that the area has been infiltrated by people loyal to Al Qaeda.

  • The Sahara

    This region of the Sahara in Northern Niger is know as “The Teneré” is the homeland of the Tuareg. The landscape is ever changing with the winds and shifting sands.

  • The Edge of the Sahara

    This is where the Sahara Desert reaches the Air Massif Mountains in Northern Niger and is among some of the most magnificent landscapes in the world. Once a popular tourist destination, it is also now considered dangerous because of instability and kidnappings.