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A "hôtel social" can be described as an establishment that offers social lodging to persons in need. The inhabitants often stay for periods from two weeks to several months or even years depending on the establishment. The cost of the lodging is paid for by the French government. The apartments in the hôtel social where I took these pictures were small. They had one room with a bed and a kitchen. The bathroom and showers were in the hallway and were shared by several residents. The inhabitants were often African women and their children. They often came from Senegal or the Ivory Coast. I was very interested in photographing these people in the natural settings of their apartments. I did not want them to clean the apartment or put on different clothes for the photographs, although some of them did. They wanted to look nice, as it was rare for them to have the opportunity to have a nice photograph taken.

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Propaah issue2  

Issue 2 (January 2018) of PROPAAH, a quarterly online magazine promoting the work of young and upcoming artists in the field of photography.

Propaah issue2  

Issue 2 (January 2018) of PROPAAH, a quarterly online magazine promoting the work of young and upcoming artists in the field of photography.

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