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Another oldie. This one is from Quetta in Pakistan in 1973.

As I was going out from my rather basic hotel one day I met a little girl on the staircase and asked to take her picture. Since she didn't say no (she didn't understand a word, of course) I snapped one photo. A second later a dark, strong voice said from further up: Excuse me, MISTER. I thought her father was outraged and might demand I take out the film, but when I walked back to him, he just stood there at the top of the stairs, carrying a little baby boy, and said: You take my son too.

He didn't ask me to send a copy of the photo, so why he was so anxious I don't know. I can only guess that he considered his son far more important than his daughter.

Behind him in this picture you can see two women, maybe his wife and an elder daughter, curiously looking out of their room to see what was going on.

If you want to see what the little daughter looked like, you will find her in the workshop.

By the way, the important little boy will be 40 years old any day now.

This was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.

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