Site Lavigerie des Missionnaires d'Afrique (Soeurs Blanches et Pères Blancs belges)


(40 Years of missionary service : A rear view - in French)
Voir aussi : Historique de Photo Service
Getting acquainted ...

It is a “PRESS SERVICE” founded in 1965 by the late Father Vincent de Decker, WF.
The aim has always been to provide quality photographic documents
to non-commercial press efforts of the missionary and NGO type.
Needless to insist that it does not cater to the needs of private collectors.


Its pictures are
exclusively concerned with the human condition at grass-root level.
They tell the story of ordinary folks in the poor countries,
their way of life, their struggles and hopes, their cry for justice.
There are hardly any pictures of special events and never of hot news.
The service does not collect portraits of personalities.


During nearly 40 years
the service has provided some 190 annotated reports,
comprising a total of 5000 big press-format photographs,
especially on Africa, but also on Asia and Latin America.
In the early days only in black and white, later in colour as well,
and more recently in high definition digital format.


The photographic collections of the service
go back to the beginning of last century
and sporadically cover most of the intervening years.
They become especially dense after the 2nd World War;
with the increasing popularity of snap-shot photography.
Numerous missionaries, as well as European and African photo-reporters
have contributed to a patrimony of hundreds of thousands of pictorial documents.
Currently the service offers selected topics on CD-ROM.
To see the jackets of the CD's select one of these topics.

In the series : “A vanishing way of life” :

- AF CD001 : Pygmies.
22 colour pictures
plus album and comments.
- AF CD002 : Dogons.
27 colour pictures
plus album and comments.
- AF CD003 : Tuaregs.
24 colour pictures
plus album and comments.
- AF CDO16 : PEULS :
28 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AL CD029 : CHOLOS of COLOMBIA :
45 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
 
 
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In the series : “A country/regional portfolio” :
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- AF CD004 : Madagascar.
24 colour pictures
plus album and comments.
- AS CD005 : China.
28 colour pictures
plus album and comments.
- AL CD006 : Mexico.
28 colour pictures
plus album and comments.
- AF CD014 : MOROCCO :
35 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD015 : TANZANIA :
40 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD018 : BENIN :
50 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD019 : EGYPT :
50 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AL CD024 : ARGENTINA
Northern regions :
60 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AL CD025 : ARGENTINA
Southern regions :
60 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD026 : CAMEROON
Northern regions :
70 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD027 : CAMEROON
Southern regions :
70 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD030 : GHANA
The South :
90 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD031 : GHANA
The North :
90 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD032 : SENEGAL
100 color photos in high definition
plus album & comments.
- AF CD033 : TOGO
100 color photos in high definition
plus album & comments.
- AF CD035 Western Rift Valley.
85 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD036 Liberia : a new start.
90 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD037 Zimbabwe.
120 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD038 SOMALIA
100 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD039 UGANDA
125 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD040 ZAMBIA
120 colour images
plus album & comments.
- AF CD041 GUINEA-BISSAU :
100 restored colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD042 SUDAN - The North :
150 color images
plus album & comments.
- AF CD043 SUDAN - The South :
128 color images
plus album & comments.
- AF CD044 SOUTH AFRICA
(The "Veld") :
145 HD digital color pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD045 SOUTH AFRICA
(The Coast & The Park) :
145 HD digital color pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD047 CÔTE d'IVOIRE
330 color images,
plus album & comments.
- AF CD050 MOZAMBIQUE Revisited
130 restored color pictures
plus ref.album & comments.
   
   
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In the series : “A fresh water story” :
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- AF CD007 Senegal river in Mali.
26 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD008 Wells in the Savanna.
26 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD009 Dams and Barrages.
26 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
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In the series : “We are the children” :
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- AF CD010 : An African smile.
40 charming colour images
- AS CD011 : An Asian smile.
40 charming colour images
- AL CD012 : A Latin amer. smile.
40 charming colour images
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In the series : “A globalisation issue” :
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- AF CD013 Sahel cotton farmers.
25 colour pictures show the efforts of the African farmers.
plus album & comments
- AF CD028 African forest logging
50 colour pictures
plus album & comments
Comments

explain their despair
in the face of falling World cotton prices,
and the unfair competition of subsidised
large-scale production in the WEST.
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In the series : “Joie de vivre” :
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- AF CD017 : Village Games :
32 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD020 : Village Celebrations
40 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
 
 
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In the series : “The African Experience” :
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- AF CD021 : Rural Islam :

40 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD022 : Christian Art
West Africa :
50 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD023 : Christian Art
East Africa :
50 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD034 : Adult Baptism
(in MALAWI) :
90 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD046 : Community building in Tanzania :
120 historical images
plus album & comments.
- AF CD048 : Kinshasa
City life :
120 color pictures
plus album & comments.
- AF CD049 : Malawi
Easter celebrations
125 digital color pictures
plus album & intro comments.
- AF CD052 : BURUNDI
Revisited 1990
143 restored color pictures
plus intro, ref.album & comments.
 
 
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In the historical series : “The making of...” :
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- BAMBUTI : The Pygmi-film story :
84 B+W pictures
plus album & comments.
- AFRIQUES : The exhibition story :
60 B+W pictures
plus album & comments.
- IMANA : The Rwanda-film story :
84 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
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In the historical series : “Rescued from oblivion...” :
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- MUSINGA
Rwanda 1900-1920
43 restored pictures
plus album & comments.
- BURUNDI-HIS
Early Missionary Photos
65 restored B+W pictures
plus album & comments.
- LAVIGERIE-NB
Historical photos
70 restored B+W pictures
plus album & comments.
- LAVIGERIE-Col
Historical photos
45 restored coloured pictures
plus album & comments.
- BUKAVU-ALB
Historical photos
400 restored B+W pictures
plus album & comments.
- PIONEERING DAYS
Historical photos
160 old missionary photos
Digitally restored.
plus album & comments.
- BRO-FERD : B.FERDINAND in Burundi 1927-1939
95 restored B+W pictures
plus album & comments.
- ITURI-65 : ITURI
Souvenirs 1965
125 colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- ITURI-BW :
Mémoire de l'Ituri
280 restored B+W pictures
plus album & comments.
- UG-MAR-C : Uganda Martyrs
Canonisation - Rome 1964
78 restored colour pictures
plus album & comments.
- KIVU (1) : Mémoire du Kivu
110 restored colour pictures from the 50's and the 60's
plus album & comments.
- KIVU (2) : Mémoire du Kivu
110 restored colour pictures from the 50's and the 60's
plus album & comments.
- KIVU (3) : Mémoire du Kivu
130 restored colour pictures from the 50's and the 60's
plus album & comments.
- WW1-E-AF : World War 1
in East Africa
180 historical B+W documents
plus intro, albums & comments
- ALGERIE : Souvenirs
160 restored colour pictures from the 50's and the 60's
plus album & comments.
- RWANDA 92-94 :
Refugee camps.
80 restored color images
plus album & Intro.
- TZ-REFUGEES :
Refugee camps mainly in Tanzania
144 restored color images
plus album, Intro & comments
- TANZ- '66 :
Remembering Tanzania
175 historical color photos
plus album and comments
- MEMORABILIA :
From Tanganyika and Zaire
180 historical images
plus albums, Intro & comments
- RWANDA :
In retrospect
160 historical images
plus album, intro & comments
- TUNISIA :
Souvenirs of 1973
210 historical images
plus album, intro & comments
- TUNISIA
Visit 1971
112 historical images
plus albums & comments
- CARTHAGE-WF
Souvenirs des P.B. de Carthage
220 historical images
plus albums, Intro & comments
- THIBAR-PB
Souvenirs des P.B. de Thibar
70 restored historical images
plus albums & comments
- OLD POSTCARDS
A random collection of old mission postcards
135 historical images,
plus intro, album & comments
- CONGO RIVER
Souvenirs
130 color images
plus album & comments
- RWANDA N+B
Documents historiques des années 1960 et 1970
120 digitally restored B+W pictures, album & supplements.
- RWANDA 1925
Documents historiques des années 1925-1926
120 digitally restored B+W
pictures, album & comments.
- CONGO BELGE - 1957

405 restored color pictures,
plus intro, album & comments
- BURUNDI RETRO 1950's

260 restored color pictures,
plus intro, album & comments
in French
- BURUNDI 1964 REPORT
150 restored color and B+W pictures,
plus intro, album & comments.
- MOZAMBIQUE'60's - Murraça
185 restored color pictures,
plus intro, album & comments.
TANZANIA-Nostalgia 1970 and 1993
135 restored color pictures,
plus intro, album & comments.
- URUNDI - Lumina collection
116 ancient B+W pictures,
plus intro, Ref.Album & comments in French.
   
   
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As we have always done in the past, photografs on CD-ROM will be sold with their Copyrigth, the latter being restricted to the buyer of the CD.

Picture credits for our photos will no longer refer to "Vivant Univers" as the title no longer exists ; henceforth they will be acknowledged as : Photo : M-AF-Namur.
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