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Cocaine Economy
Photograph by Carlos Villalón

A gram and a half of cocaine base—worth about a dollar and a half locally—buys breakfast for each of these men at a street market in Santa Fe. During the dry season, when the coca plants produce few leaves and the production of cocaine base declines, dealers come to town infrequently and cash runs short. People then begin to use base instead of pesos—2.5 grams buys toilet paper, 12 settles a doctor's bill, 62.5 scores a new pair of running shoes.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1
Film Type: Fujiccolor 400
Lens: 20-35mm Canon f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/500 @f/11
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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