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Clothes Quarters
Photograph by Reza

A young Indian laborer checks his laundry on a rooftop in Jeddah, where hundreds of thousands of guest workers crowd into the city's crumbling historic district. Saudi Arabia hosts more than six million such workers—about 25 percent of the population. They do the menial jobs Saudi men refuse to do or the technical jobs they are untrained to do. With unemployment among young Saudis reaching as high as 30 percent, the government is counting on a "Saudization" program to replace foreign workers with domestic ones. The goal: to reduce the foreign workforce by 60 percent.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Leica M7
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/500 @ f/4

Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Morning, just after sunrise
Lighting Techniques: Available light



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