Photograph of a man selling lighter refills on the street, Albania 2009
by Stephen Hewitt | Published 7 January 2022
The photograph here, taken in October 2009, shows a man sitting on a crate reading a newspaper in a city street. It seemed he was waiting for customers for cigarette-lighter refills from the aerosol can in front of him. Over the course of about an hour I saw people stop to talk to him, but I am not sure that he sold a single refill.
Despite this possible indication of hard times, there were few beggars in Tirana. Those few seemed to be elderly women, as in the second photograph.
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