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ARNAU BACH

Based in Barcelona

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    A group of boys hanging out the streets of their neighborhood, Felix Pyat, in the northern district of Marseille. Because the rejection at school and the lack of opportunities, boys often end up learning the hierarchical and "easy money" business of drug trafficking. Marseille, France.
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    Due to the economic decline of the city, many industries have closed their doors. Today only a few continue their activity: ArcelorMittal, the last steel industry of the region, is one of them.
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    A lamb in a balcony of an apartment in the neighborhood of Felix Pyat seconds before to be slaughtered by the muslim ritual on the holiday day of the lamb, Eid al-Adha. Marseille, France.
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    Dalyia, waiting for her husband in her parents' house in the neighborhood of "Frais Vallon" in the northern district. The couple, after marrying through the Muslim ritual, decided to have a civil wedding in order to give civil effect to their marriage. Marseille, France.
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    Union meeting of dockers in the harbor of Marseille. The activity of Marseilles’s dockers, who have always had a strong position in the economy and in the policy of the city, is nowadays threatened by the economic changes planned by the city council. Marseille, France.
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    Some children in the north district of Marseille having fun with some pieces of an stolen car. One of three people is living under the poverty line in Marseille. Marseille, France.
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    Three guys from Felix Pyat neighborhood taking some drinks and talking about their business in the only bar that exists in this neighborhood. Marseille, France.
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    Two members of Marseille's Council await the arrival of the Prime Minister of France who comes to attend an act to provide medals of honor to several police officers in order to thank their struggle and commitment against crime. Marseille, France.
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    Several boys in a hot spot for drug dealing close to the Faculty of the city. The drug market has emerged in Marseille as one of the mainstays of the local economy. The drug business prevalently employ youth and adolescents. Easy money and the opportunity to climb into the hierarchical organization of drug dealers, is enough to guarantee their “silence” in case of detention. Marseille, France.
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    Supporters of the Olympic de Marseille soccer club, during a match into the Velodrome Stadium. Unlike other football fans, the Olympique supporters they travel around the country proclaiming their antiracist spirit and showing their pride of its multicultural identity. Marseille, department of Bouches-du-Rhône and region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France on January 17, 2014. Marseille is a city with enormous potential, it opens out onto the Mediterranean and it has the character of a cosmopolitan city with a young, multicultural population. This potential and the desire of the ruling class to give the city a new image, earned it the title of European Capital of Culture. The message emitted by the political organizations was clear. The year 2014 is crucial for Marseille. This is its opportunity to rid itself of the stigma of violence and crime that has hung over it, to move on from the social violence that pervades its streets and the obvious economic inequality. Under the label of Cultural Capital, earned after a financial investment of over 600 million euros, Marseille has experienced a huge urban transformation, with the main focus being the rehabilitation of the most emblematic areas and the creation of new cultural facilities in the old port. Today, with the cranes gone and the construction finished, the inhabitants of Marseille wake up with a bittersweet sensation, aware of how, despite initial promises, financial resources have been used to beautify chosen areas and collectives, leaving the disadvantaged neighborhoods totally excluded and accentuating the economic and socio-cultural contrasts.
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    A stolen car is burned in Saint Denis on the night of July 14, the day of the French national holiday. More than a 10.000 cars were burned in three days during the riots in 2005. During the 2012 New Year's Eve were burned 1.200 cars. Paris, France. 2007 July. Arnau Bach
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    A girl is celebrating her birthday in the Crystal Club which is one of the most expensive discotheques in Paris and where young people from 93 area have fun by night. Paris, France. 2007 October. Arnau Bach
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    Kevin watches the TV in his mum's room before going to sleep in the Gabriel PÈri neighborhood. Paris, France. 2012 November. Arnau Bac
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    Three guys of Romain Rolland neighborhood in the 93 area spend their time in the streets. This is a common scene in a place where lack of jobs and the virtual absence of facilities and space for leisure are usual. Paris, France. 2010 July. Arnau Bach
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    Some guys in Saint Denis are throwing firecrackers in the streets. This kind of firecrackers are used to throw against police officers in the riots. Paris, France. 2007 October. Arnau Bach
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    A father with his son talk by phone with her wife while drinks and smokes in his apartment in Saint Denis, Paris, Œle-de-France province, France on November 2, 2012. Oct. 27, 2005, in Clichy-sous-Bois, a northern suburb of Paris, Zyed Benna and Bouna TraorÈ, 15 and 17 years old respectively, died electrocuted, while they hid from police in an electrical transformer. In the next hours, friends and neighbors took to the streets in protest. This provoked clashes with security forces that quickly spread throughout Parisian suburbs. In the following days, the revolt burned through numerous periphery areas throughout the country, until Nov. 8, 2005 when the French government declared a state of an emergency.
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    Aerial view of Cite Floreal one of the most populous neighborhoods of Seine Saint Denis in the 93 area. Paris, France. 2006 November. Arnau Bach
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    A street scene in Bobigny neigborhood in the 93 area. Most of the kids from the 93 area have as a model their eldest brothers. Paris, France. 2007 October. Arnau Bach
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    General view of migrant camp in the Gurugu's hill of Morocco. Gurugú mountain, Morocco, Magreb, Africa on October 28, 2014. Arnau Bach for The New York Times. Melilla is a Spanish enclave located on the north coast of Africa, bordering with Morocco. In recent years, migrants mostly from western Africa have tried to cross the border jumping the border's fence which separates these countries. Spanish officials have now covered the fence with wire mesh to make them harder to scale, creating an ever more elaborate obstacle course.
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    A group of migrants drinks some tea in the migrant camp located in the Gurugu's hill, Morocco. Migrants, most of them from western Africa, lives in the camp while await the best moment to carry out the assault to the border in order to jump the fence which separates Spain from Morocco. Gurugú mountain, Morocco, Magreb, Africa on October 28, 2014. Arnau Bach for The New York Times. Melilla is a Spanish enclave located on the north coast of Africa, bordering with Morocco. In recent years, migrants mostly from western Africa have tried to cross the border jumping the border's fence which separates these countries. Spanish officials have now covered the fence with wire mesh to make them harder to scale, creating an ever more elaborate obstacle course.
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    A group of migrants watch out the way that will lead them to the border. Migrants, most of them from western Africa, lives in the camp while await the best moment to carry out the assault to the border in order to jump the fence which separates Spain from Morocco. Gurugú mountain, Morocco, Magreb, Africa on October 28, 2014. Arnau Bach for The New York Times. Melilla is a Spanish enclave located on the north coast of Africa, bordering with Morocco. In recent years, migrants mostly from western Africa have tried to cross the border jumping the border's fence which separates these countries. Spanish officials have now covered the fence with wire mesh to make them harder to scale, creating an ever more elaborate obstacle course.
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    A group of Spanish soldiers patrol the Spanish border. Melilla's enclave, Melilla, Spain, Europe, Africa on October 29, 2014. Arnau Bach for The New York Times. Melilla is a Spanish enclave located on the north coast of Africa, bordering with Morocco. In recent years, migrants mostly from western Africa have tried to cross the border jumping the border's fence which separates these countries. Spanish officials have now covered the fence with wire mesh to make them harder to scale, creating an ever more elaborate obstacle course.
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    Smugglers, mostly women known as porteadoras, carry large bags of goods from Melilla back into Morocco at the border. Products purchased in Spain are subsequently sold in Morocco Melilla's enclave, Melilla, Spain, Europe, Africa on October 29, 2014. Arnau Bach for The New York Times. Melilla is a Spanish enclave located on the north coast of Africa, bordering with Morocco. In recent years, migrants mostly from western Africa have tried to cross the border jumping the border's fence which separates these countries. Spanish officials have now covered the fence with wire mesh to make them harder to scale, creating an ever more elaborate obstacle course.
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    Screenshot of Spanish surveillance video cameras located in the border fence. Melilla's enclave, Melilla, Spain, Europe, Africa on October 29, 2014. Arnau Bach for The New York Times. Melilla is a Spanish enclave located on the north coast of Africa, bordering with Morocco. In recent years, migrants mostly from western Africa have tried to cross the border jumping the border's fence which separates these countries. Spanish officials have now covered the fence with wire mesh to make them harder to scale, creating an ever more elaborate obstacle course.
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    An injured migrant prayed as he sat atop a border fence while spanish police waited to catch him on the other side. Melilla's enclave, Melilla, Spain, Europe, Africa on October 29, 2014. Arnau Bach for The New York Times. Melilla is a Spanish enclave located on the north coast of Africa, bordering with Morocco. In recent years, migrants mostly from western Africa have tried to cross the border jumping the border's fence which separates these countries. Spanish officials have now covered the fence with wire mesh to make them harder to scale, creating an ever more elaborate obstacle course.
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    A Moroccan policeman watches over the fence which separates Spain from Morocco, after some migrants attempted to jump the fence to get into Spain early in the morning. Melilla's enclave, Melilla, Spain, Europe, Africa on October 29, 2014. Arnau Bach for The New York Times. Melilla is a Spanish enclave located on the north coast of Africa, bordering with Morocco. In recent years, migrants mostly from western Africa have tried to cross the border jumping the border's fence which separates these countries. Spanish officials have now covered the fence with wire mesh to make them harder to scale, creating an ever more elaborate obstacle course.
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    General view of Melilla's CETI (Centro de Estancia Temporal de Immigrantes), a transit center for migrants who accomplish successfully to cross the border after jump the fence which separates Spain from Morocco. Melilla's enclave, Melilla, Spain, Europe, Africa on October 29, 2014. Arnau Bach for The New York Times. Melilla is a Spanish enclave located on the north coast of Africa, bordering with Morocco. In recent years, migrants mostly from western Africa have tried to cross the border jumping the border's fence which separates these countries. Spanish officials have now covered the fence with wire mesh to make them harder to scale, creating an ever more elaborate obstacle course.
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    Two young migrants in Melilla's beach. Once migrants have crossed the border, they can only wait to be repatriated by authorities to the Spanish peninsula to continue their journey. Melilla's enclave, Melilla, Spain, Europe, Africa on October 30, 2014. Arnau Bach for The New York Times. Melilla is a Spanish enclave located on the north coast of Africa, bordering with Morocco. In recent years, migrants mostly from western Africa have tried to cross the border jumping the border's fence which separates these countries. Spanish officials have now covered the fence with wire mesh to make them harder to scale, creating an ever more elaborate obstacle course.
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