Banco: Adobe Mosques of the Inner Niger Delta


Banco: Adobe Mosques of the Inner Niger Delta by Sebastian Schutyser and Jean Dethier (author of Down to Earth) et al., is a beautiful book with photographs by Sebastian Schutyser that reveal a neglected African architectural heritage: village adobe mosques. His black-and-white images emphasize an artistic fusion of architecture and sculpture and exalt the strength and beauty of a craft that eludes globalization. The photos emphasize the grain and substance of clay smoothed by villagers’ hands or cracked by erosion, and highlight the solidity of the masonry and the sensuality of the textures. The texts that accompany these stunning pictures are by a leading expert on raw-earth architecture and by a major scholar on African vernacular architecture. Included is an appendix that documents all 500 of the principal adobe mosques of the Inner Niger Delta, with the names of the villages and geographical coordinates. For more information visit

One Reply to “Banco: Adobe Mosques of the Inner Niger Delta”

  1. i need this book in french or english……..

    this is a great book congratulations to all the collaborators and the photographer sebastian S.

    i can send you my articles on earthern architecture tell mehow… thanks regards

    sylvio s mutal former UNDP UNESCO

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