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Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry

by Emery Roth

Monday, June 11, 2012

Pisac Bartering



PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNAL: If bartering is the photo subject, there are at least 3 or 4 shots to be made here. Passing through the center of the market I felt the force of each moving through the photo frame and instinctively knew a picture might be composed, I stopped and snapped and as quickly, prices were set, decisions made, life moved on and the possibilities had dispersed like smoke into air. This is all that's granted to a passer-by who doesn't speak the language.

The young man in the middle, surrounded by his sacks of produce, who does not wear the native costume of his village - are their implications in his dress that I'm missing? To photograph here one must be ready to barter beans for corn.