For over two years, Eliane de Latour photographed prostitutes in the ghettos of Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s largest city. In her book she tells the story of meeting the girls and their “husbands” (slang for “pimp” in nouchi, the local street dialect). She took the first picture after exchanging glances with a girl named Nafissa: “I find you beautiful, do you mind if I take your picture? I’ll give it to you afterwards.” De Latour returned the next day to find herself, “surrounded by a group of girls scrambling to pose for her. I had found my role: photographer. I usually never take out my camera unless I know exactly what I plan to do with it.” Today de Latour is raising money to pay for the education and medical treatment of the forty girls she met.
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