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Photographer's Note

Alfama is a district in Lisbon, known as one of the oldest parts of the city. It is a rather poor working class area - or at least it was. I haven't been there since 1984, when I took these photos, so I have a suspicion it may have reached a level of gentrification since then, meaning that intellectual middle class people have moved in, restored the picturesque houses and sent the cost of living sky-high. At least that is what has happened in a lot of former working class areas in major cities all over Europe during the last 20-30 years.

Today's three photos will give you glimpses of ordinary places in Alfama in 1984. In this photo, showing nothing special, the street is actually a long staircase. In one workshop the street is instead a small square, in the other you can actually see a narrow street.

All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

Here is a larger version of the main photo.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8237 W: 468 N: 16092] (73065)
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