Between 1947 and 1950, Lily visited Morocco and Algeria three times. As a woman travelling alone, she faced many obstacles in these countries, but her characteristic willpower allowed her to overcome them and produce many portraits of the Sahara’s inhabitants. Lily was deeply moved by the desert landscape and fascinated by its people. Around Tamanrasset, a city in southern Algeria, she went on a sixteen-day trek through the stony desert of the Hoggar massif, accompanied by a Tuareg guide and three camels. For a few days at the end of this trip, she was a guest at the settlement of the Tuareg ruler Meslar and made a portrait of his son.