Two Weeks in Photos

Accra, Chennai, Lima, Manila, Nairobi | 09/06/2013 8:32am
Informal City Dialogues

An informal bookseller in Lima, where buying pirated books is common. Photo credit: Manuel Vigo

Over the past two weeks, our bloggers read pirated books in Lima, visited public nurseries in Nairobi and shopped for iPhones in Accra. Here are some of the pictures they took along the way.


A natural healer in Nairobi displays one of his cures. Many residents still visit such healers, even for diseases that don’t actually exist.

Photo credit: Jason Patinkin

Informal smart-phone salesmen in Accra. Working out of makeshift shops, these men provide the last-mile point of sale for a trillion-dollar global industry.

Photo credit: Sharon Benzoni

A lorrie truck provides water in Chennai. Even though the city receives far more than the national average in rainfall, development patterns have left it at the mercy of private water companies.

Photo credit: Amar Ramesh

Tending a nursery on public land in Nairobi. Such nurseries can be found all over the city, but encroaching development threatens their existence.

Photo credit: Jason Patinkin

A white-shirted protester in Manila. The city is no stranger to large political rallies, which have proven to be a boon to street vendors selling water and soda.

Photo credit: Purple Romero