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Hard Currency
Photograph by Courtney Platt

Bartering with beads was commonplace on the west African coast: Europeans hauled thousands of pounds of the tiny glass trinkets to trade for ivory, pepper, and slaves. Bead colors went in and out of style; a ship returning home with leftover blues and greens was a sign to those setting sail that reds and whites might be the current fashion. 

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Mamiya RZ67 medium format (2 1/4" x 2 3/4")
Film Type: Ektachrome VS 100 ASA
Lens: N/A
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/2
Weather Conditions: N/A
Time of Day: N/A
Lighting Techniques: I used two Paul Buff Ultra 1800s in softboxes with a reflector.

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