Capturing Sale Kiosks and Vendors Around the World

In his ongoing series Sale Stalls, Simon Koy captures different stalls selling goods from all over the world from Albania to China and finds that they are as varied and unique as the people manning them. From a tiny area temporarily converted into a sale floor with a few offerings to a kiosk in an open market, the German photographer finds that a country’s goods is not only a good indicator of its culture but also its economic standing compared to the rest of the world. According to him, “Stalls are everywhere and can tell you a lot about a country. In many cases, they’re completely improvised – just a pop-up type shop in the middle of nowhere, selling all kinds of unusual things. It can be very amusing and heartwarming, and I love to meet the people who run them. Sure, not everyone I meet is friendly, but how I’m welcomed reveals a lot more about the local culture than you’d expect. Sometimes, it can be sad… for example, in Cuba, they often sell things which would otherwise be thrown away in Europe. It really highlights the depth of poverty in some parts of the world.”

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