Two Weeks in Photos

Accra, Bangkok, Chennai, Lima, Manila, Nairobi | 01/25/2013 12:09pm
Will Doig | Next City

Two weeks ago, we launched the Informal City Dialogues, with writers embedded in six cities around the world. Here are some of the images they’ve captured so far.


A woman checks out the merchandise at P’ Ae’s stall in Siam Square, Bangkok. After going to business school in London and working as a manager in the corporate world, P’ Ae decided to make a living selling earrings on the street.

Photo credit: Witchaya Pruecksamars

Okada drivers in Accra wait for passengers near the Central Post Office. A popular form of informal transit for its ability to bypass traffic, drivers of okada motorcycle taxis are nevertheless stigmatized because of their image as criminals.

Photo credit: Sharon Benzoni

A bus in Lima prepares to enter the fray. A combination of soaring population, economic prosperity and cheap vehicles from Asia has flooded the city’s streets with cars, making bus driving a combat sport.

Photo credit: Manuel Vigo

A student at St. Martin’s school in Kibera draws water. With few formal schools, women in the Nairobi neighborhood build and operate schools themselves, usually without pay.

Photo credit: Sam Sturgis

In Chennai’s Lily Pond Shopping Complex, a figure lingers in the hall. The city has tried to formalize its street vendors by moving them into this building, but a lack of customers has turned the desolate space into a home for squatters.

Photo credit: Jamie Osborne

Somjai Tuung-ngern, an elderly woman who preps plastic sheeting for recycling in Bangkok, checks the winning lottery numbers. She bought her 20 baht ticket with a loan.

Photo credit: Witchaya Pruecksamars

The Nairobi skyline. A city of great inequality, the high-rises of Nairobi’s commercial district are just a short distance away from its sprawling slums.

Photo credit: Sam Sturgis