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In a Hero's Shadow
Photograph by Bruno Barbey

Shaded by plane trees, residents of the northwest port town of L'Île-Rousse pass the time with a game of petanque, a traditional Mediterranean sport. Their venue is the town square of Place Paoli, named for Pascal Paoli, an 18th-century nationalist hero who founded L'Île-Rousse. Paoli led an independent Corsica for 14 years, from 1755 to 1769. That brief span marked the only break in a centuries-long chain of foreign rule, from early Greeks, Carthaginians, and Romans through Italian city-states such as Pisa and Genoa. France finally claimed power in 1769, overpowering Paoli's state. [For more about Paoli, see Did You Know?]

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/4

Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: 7 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light



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