|This online exhibit represents the photographic work of David E. Apter, the Henry J.
Heinz II Professor of Comparative Political and Social Development Emeritus at Yale. These
photographs were taken to complement field research on African nationalism and the transition to
independence from 1952 to 1960. They represent ordinary life during the last and final years of
colonialism when expectations for a bright political future were running high, and the political and
social complexities of life in a post-colonial world has not yet struck home.
The images shown in this exhibit were featured in two exhibits at Yale—one in 2002, the
other in 2003. A catalog featuring many of the photographs from the exhibits is available for
purchase at firstname.lastname@example.org. The photographs were
acquired in 2002 and are part of the African Collections in the Manuscripts and Archives Department
at Sterling Memorial Library.
Click on the right photo to see some other photos from the collection. Otherwise, proceed
straight to the Manuscripts and Archives page which has the full collection of photos with