Assorted chairs outside of a tailor shop in Conakry.
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One of the most horrifying places I think I've ever been: In the unimaginable heat of the day, the fish sits out in the boiling sun and ever-present garbage until it's sold.
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Fishing is a crucial economic and social activity in Guinea. Marine fishing provides 85,000 jobs and is primarily carried out by the artisanal sector. It contributes to food security and the survival of coastal communities, and specifically benefits women who process the fish. Catches are mainly of small pelagic species taken by artisanal fishermen to supply both the local fresh fish markets and fish smokers.
Fish constitutes an invaluable protein source for the local population. Despite possessing a wealth of marine resources, there are insufficient supplies to meet the needs of the Guinean population. In a recent report completed for the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID), it is estimated that the annual loss due to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Guinean EEZ is around US$105 million, the worst in Africa.
Source: The Environmental Justice Foundation, accessed 1 October 2011: http://www.ejfoundation.org/page278.html
People sleep on the fish bins under the shade of an open tent.
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I wasn't allowed to be taking photos in this market and nearly got hit over the head with a dead fish by an angry woman at one point. I started having to shoot from the hip like dear Henri-Cartier Bresson.
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Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625), “Large Fish Market," 1603. Collection of the Alte Pinakothek, Munich.
Garbage in the water at the fish market in Conakry.
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The men go out to fish and the women sell their catch. This market was completely dominated by women pushing and shoving to sell their fish.
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I love this woman's face.
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Immediately next to the market, men were building new fishing boats. This little boy was seeking refuge from the sun under the hull of a new boat.
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I took this photo because this boat is on land, and underneath it is a beach made entirely of trash. I have photos of what was underneath, but can't bring myself to ever work on them.
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It was a surreal experience being in Guinea--at that point, the first African country I had visited. I hope I can go back soon.
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