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Coffin Wood
Photograph by Maria Stenzel

Earning up to six dollars a day, loggers slice a mahogany trunk into rough boards at a makeshift sawmill by Rio Los Amigos. Peru is the world's leading exporter of mahogany, with nearly half of its exports going to the U.S. for high-end furniture and coffins. Experts estimate that up to 90 percent of that wood has been logged illegally. Threatened throughout its range in South America, big-leaf mahogany has been protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora since 2002.

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Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 28-70mm zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/8 or f/11

Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
 



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