Vintage Photos of Musicians from Around the World


From the US to China to Africa, one the greatest things cultures all over the world share is an appreciation for music. That’s the big takeaway of a fantastic photo gallery we discovered via Coudal Partners. In a four-part series called “I could just hear it…” Samm Bennett collects Flickr’s most impressive vintage photos of musicians. Our favorite shots include dancing dervishes in the Middle East, snake charmers in Morocco, a one-man polka sensation on the streets of Eastern Europe, and even some young bohemians in an instrument shop on St. Marks Place in new York. See them after the jump, and then click over to Bennett’s Flickr page for more.

O. Dennett Hutchinson [via]

African musicians [via]

Dancing dervishes, Cairo [via]

Hari Dasu, India ca. 1900? [via]

St. Marks Place [via]


Egypt [via]


Vivandiere [via]

Migrant strawberry picker [via]

Snake charmer, Morocco [via]

Straatmuzikant, 1928 [via]