Photographer's Note

This photograph was taken in the same market in Tashkent as the one I posted yesterday (at almost the same spot in fact) but for this one I decided on a wide shot so that you can see something of the surroundings. This farmerís wife has only a bag of radishes to sell and from the appearance of her clothes she looks much poorer than the woman whose photograph I posted yesterday.

I thought about cropping some off the right so that she was not centred quite so much in this shot, but I decided to leave the framing as is because the broken steps show the general state of repair of the market area. In this composition I tried to capture the tough life that these women lead Ė and perhaps the expression on this womanís face reflects that.

The economy of Uzbekistan has suffered since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but even before then it was one of the poorer republics. Average monthly income in the cities is still not much more than about US$50, and even less in the rural areas where many goods are exchanged through barter arrangements rather than for cash.

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