Photographer's Note

This is the tanneries in the empirial city of Fez. The tanneries where skin is coloured using medival methods are run as big cooporatives. The jars contain everything from dove-shit to armaniac. And yes, the workers do struggle with various skin 'allergies'.

Lots of stuff in Morocco is still being created using medival craftmanship, but the tanneries is the most famous example due to the fact that it is photogenic. This is one of the photos I didn't like to take, because standing in a leather goods shop and photographing people at work seemed too zoo-like to me. It is however part of the buisness strategy for the coorporate. Groups of tourists come in to take pics, then skillful salesmen convince them that they need leather goods which they never knew existed.

As for the pic. I like it due to the vivid colours and becuase the tanners looking at each other forms a triangle.

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Additional Photos by Mikkel Gerken (Miks) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 64 N: 218] (1717)
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