A few years ago I took pictures of strolling street vendors in Niamey. The negatives remained in a drawer until last January, when the self-immolation of a similar vendor set his own country afire, followed by the rest of the Arab world. So I reappropriated the negatives, cropping them in order to keep just close-ups of these street hawkers whose existence seems to hang in a balance as precarious as the loads that weigh upon their head and shoulders.
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