“Little Paris” by Diallo Syli

For the past year and a half, I’ve digitized photographs by Guinean photographer Diallo Syli. These were taken in a village called Fria that spanned the years 1955 to 1970.

Fria was established in the 1950s as part of an extensive industrial plan of the late French colonial empire that included the production of airplanes in the Guinean highlands of the Fouta Djallon. Built from scratch in the 1950s, Fria became Guinea’s "Little Paris" because it offered comparatively high standards of living to accommodate and attract over 500 expatriate workers from Europe. 

Eventually, these photographs will exist separately from this site.