James Conlon: Mali and Yemen Sites and Architecture

James Conlon, Photographer | Dogon Dance of the masks (2008) | Sangha (Dogon Region), Mali

James Conlon (d. 2009) contributed approximately 800 photographs depicting architecture and cultural sites and objects in Mali and Yemen to the Artstor Digital Library.


While geographically distanced from one another Mali and Yemen share a tradition of earthen architecture, a common faith, and a rich history of cross-cultural interaction. Conlon's photography concentrates on two cities, Djenné in Mali and Tarim in Yemen, which illustrate these commonalities. The collection also includes documentation of Mopti, Bamako, Segou, and the Dogon Region in Mali, as well as many other cities, monuments, and sites in Yemen's Hadramaut Valley.


James Conlon was the Director of the Media Center for Art History, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University. His work as an architectural conservator and educational technologist centered on social history and heritage preservation, particularly the use of new media to facilitate interpretation and conservation of the built environment.