Photographer's Note

Monkey business in an expression refering to a stupid, time-wasting activity.

This donkey business would have been regarded as neither stupid nor time-wasting. This little square was used as the donkey market in the Old town of Sanaa, capital of Yemen. Apart from the donkeys that can be seen there were others hidden inside the crowd. I walked past this place a few times and the activity was always intense. Actually I always turned up here by coincidence, because in the maze of narrow, twisting alleys it was hard for a stranger to figure out the directions.

This photo was taken in 1419 AH, according to the Islamic lunar calendar, corresponding to 1998. To my mind there is very little to tell that it couldn't have been taken in 1419 AD, apart from the fact that the Kodachrome film wasn't then yet invented.

This is a scan and here is a larger version.

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