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A job at the Tanneries, Marrakech

By maggietear
A visit to the Tanneries was on the agenda but we knew it wasn't going to be an aesthetically pleasing visit! The stench coming from the leather as it was being washed was appalling. They gave you mint leaves to carry to try to ward off the smell. What struck me were the terrible working and living conditions ( the families all lived on site) that the men had to endure.

Tags: Photo journalism Marrakech leather brown worker

Voters: rontear, WhiteRose1, mrswoolybill and 18 more

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rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
5 Jan 2013 8:22AM
I remember that stench ( they give you fresh mint to smell !!) You captured this well Maggie.

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WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
5 Jan 2013 8:23AM
... and then you get the hard sell from the shop keepers!! This view shows the conditions well, Maggie, a lovely balanced composition.

mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 8:26AM
Superb photo journalism.
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
5 Jan 2013 9:54AM
This is a superb one Maggie !! Makes me appreciate what I have so much more !!
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 10:09AM
A well observed and captured example of top quality documentary photography.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Mototaur 3 31 England
5 Jan 2013 10:19AM
Smile Smile Smile Smile busy bee
mugshotmyk 5 3 9 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 11:35AM
A fine capture with wonderful colour. I seem to recall urine being used in the tanning process - just as long as they don't offer the visitor a bucket in which to add a contribution.......I've yet to visit this place.
5 Jan 2013 1:50PM
I'm sure you didn't linger - given, as mugshotmyk says correctly, the leathers are cured with urine!!! But a beautifully composed and illustrative shot, Maggie.
Tibetan 4 3 England
7 Jan 2013 1:00PM
Wonder how many items one has that came from there! just a thought, bit like the famous Moroccan leather, nice interesting shot, like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
13 Jan 2013 11:37PM
a fine capture indeed.. I would have cropped a bit closer, without the blue rags. Just an idea.
Lelah 3 1 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2013 5:35PM
Great image, I've been there and you are right about the stench and the working conditions, it makes you feel bad bartering the leather goods sellers down when you know the conditions ensured to produce the product.

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