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The Tuareg are a nomadic people who move between the far reaches of the Sahel during the rainy season down to the villages of Niger in the dry season. I became friends with an extended family or tribal group while working at a women’s health clinic in Illela, Niger, just south of Tahoua. Shot with Topcon 35mm camera and Tri-X film.

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Seeing the world through the lens of a camera provides both distance and intimacy. I have been interested in photography ever since my mother gave me my first SLR, a Topcon, four decades ago. I began writing poetry at about the same time. Both have made my life a richer experience.

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent B&W!

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    Magi5760almost 4 years ago

    Congratulations from your hosts at The Human Condition!

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  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroover 3 years ago

    Beatutiful and congratulations!

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