CHAPTER 7

Photographing Culture

HOW DO CULTURES DIFFER FROM ONE ANOTHER? Above all in their customs. Tell me how you dress, how you act, what are your habits, which gods you honor—and I will tell you who you are. Man not only creates culture, he inhabits it, he carries it around with him—man is culture.”

—Ryszard Kapuscinski, Travels with Herodotus

I never had a chance. I was born to military parents and started traveling months after I was born. I spent my early years in Germany, seeing Europe on weekends while burning my legs on the hot black seats in the back of our yellow Volvo. As I grew, National Geographic captured my interest and never let go. Later still, when I could read and words alone had the power to conjure pictures in my head, ...

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