The Coutinho brothers established perhaps the first commercial photographic firm in East Africa. They had a studio in Zanzibar and then later also one in Dar es Salaam. In the 1890's J.B. Coutinhohad a brief partnership with A.C. Gomes.
The images below show some of the artists best work. Click on the small photos to see a larger image.
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This attractive early (about 1890) kanga ensemble helps explain why Kanga clothing became so popular when first imported to east Africa.
Compiled by Barghash. 2004
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