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Africa's Danakil Desert
OCTOBER 2005
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A Valuable Veil
Photograph by Carsten Peter

For an Afar woman, putting on her jewelry is like wearing her bank account. In a strictly male-dominated culture, it is one of the few things a woman owns. Jewelry serves as emergency insurance during severe droughts, says anthropologist Laura Hammond. "When lots of jewelry shows up for sale at markets, that can mean the people are facing a famine."




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Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS 3
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 200mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/200 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Evening
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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