In photos: 100 prostitutes waiting for the next client

by Silvana Calcagno - 2014.06.16
In photos: 100 prostitutes waiting for the next client
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The phenomenon of prostitution in Spain told in 100 photos shot over five years: the photographer is Txema Salvans, a Spanish artist who applied his background as a biologist to the art of photography to study the world around him. His project is called 'The waiting game' and it portrays prostitutes with extreme realism and delicacy.

One woman sits waiting under a billboard that reads 'low prices all year'. Another cycles back to her chair in the middle of the road, having satisfied the last customer. Some wait on fake leather sofas, while others prefer standing to attract attention. They are all perfectly integrated with their environment, much like a bush or a road sign.

To achieve this result, Txema pretended to be a road surveyor and camouflaged himself in the environment to take more spontaneous pictures. Only with a scientist's neutrality could he capture all the melancholy, desolation and strength of these women who are living on the margins of society. Only through extreme realism could he show the existence of a phenomenon that is seen by all: brutal and yet considered normal.

The prostitutes photographed by Salvans continue to be exploited on the streets, bored and without protection, waiting for the next client, crouching on a country road, or perching on the guard rail of a busy, endless highway.

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