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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

A laborer recovers metal pieces from the soil, working hard to ensure that his children will have a good day’s meal.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

A laborer separates metal from soil with the help of a small magnet.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

"Black and Bold"- A labourer holds out his discolored and calloused hands which have endured years of hard shifts at the metal polishing factory.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

"A rusty affair"- A worker covers his face with a piece of cloth while working at a metal polishing factory during International Labour Day in Lahore, Pakistan. Many laborers throughout the country often work under difficult and dangerous circumstances without using proper safety equipment.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

Rhemat, a laborer in a metal polishing factory, spares a moment from work to pose for the camera.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Pakistan,Lahore
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

A labourer separates metal from soil with the help of a small magnet.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

A job notice is displayed outside a factory to attract new recruits. The daily income of labourers is set at one dollar per day, equaling to $60 per month.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

Rehmat, age 30, manages to flash a bright smile despite years of working in harsh conditions at the metal factory.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
20 Dec 2011

December 20, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Julio is ready to go back home with his daily catch. Due to the sea tides, sometimes thepercebeirosneed to harvest under artificial light.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
20 Dec 2011

December 20, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Julio checks his daily catch. Due to the sea tides, sometimes thepercebeirosneed to harvest under artificial light.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
20 Dec 2011

December 12, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A percebeiro gets hit by an unexpected wave.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
20 Dec 2011

December 20, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A percebeiro inspects a rock to find percebes.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
20 Dec 2011

December 20, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A group of percebeiros gets hit by an unexpected wave. Even when the weather is good, the sea is extremely dangerous on this part of the coast.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 1, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A percebeiro cleans a perfect sample of percebe.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 1, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Percebes grow in the gaps between rocks and sometimes the only way to harvest them is by hand.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 19, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Percebeiros try to harvest together so that they are not alone if an accident happens. Even when the weather is good, the sea is extremely dangerous on this part of the coast.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 19, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Julio cleans a perfect sample of a percebe.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 19, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A group of percebeiros run away from an unexpectedly large wave.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 19, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A group of percebeiros talk just before they start the harvest. After a week of rain and huge waves, the sun is shining and the percebeiros are in a very good mood.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 19, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A percebeiro prepares himself for the days harvest in his warehouse.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
18 Dec 2011

December 18, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A view of the lighthouse in Laxe.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
17 Dec 2011

December 17, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Julio reads an article in the local newspaper about the percebeiros having to deal with the bad conditions of the sea over the previous few days. The title says "Risking life for 2 kg of percebes".

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
17 Dec 2011

December 17, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Percebeiros talk outside the bar in the port.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
17 Dec 2011

December 17, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

It's Sunday and percebeiros play dominos at the local bar.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
16 Dec 2011

December 16, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Despite the bad condition of the sea, "Feuto", a retired percebeiros, and his son were able to fill their bucket with 5 Kg of precious percebe.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
16 Dec 2011

December 16, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

"Feuto", a retired percebeiro, watches as his son navigates the cliff. He can't stay at home when the sea is in a rough condition and so he stays with his son on the cliffs.

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Los Percebeiros de Laxe
Laxe
By Ruom
16 Dec 2011

December 16, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A group of percebeiros inspect the condition of the sea. Unfortunately it's another bad day, foam and big waves make for dangerous fishing.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
15 Dec 2011

December 15, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Juan and Joaquin, two of the younger and more agile percebeiros, try to escape a rogue wave. Despite the dangerous condition of the sea, they decided to go out and harvest anyway.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
15 Dec 2011

December 15, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A moment of rest for Juan and Joaquin, two of the younger and more skilled percebeiros.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
15 Dec 2011

December 15, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Despite the dangerous condition of the sea, Juan and Joaquin decide to go out and harvest anyway. Christmas is an important time for harvesting.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
13 Dec 2011

December 13, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

The torn shoes of a percebeiro.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
13 Dec 2011

December 13, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Percebeiros secure their companions with a rope. It's the second day of harvesting, but not even the gale force eight and heavy rains can stop them. Christmas time is too important.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
13 Dec 2011

December 13, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Julio and Feuto (right), a retired percebeiro, look at the condition of the sea. It's the second day of harvesting, but not even the gale force eight and heavy rains can stop them.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
13 Dec 2011

December 13, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A group of percebeiros get hit by a wave. Not even the gale force eight and heavy rains can stop them, Christmas time is too important.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
13 Dec 2011

December 13, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

It's the second day of harvesting. Not even gale force eight winds and heavy rains can stop the percebeiros.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
13 Dec 2011

December 12, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

8am at the bar and the percebeiros are discussing the condition of the sea and whether they can work in the coming day.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
12 Dec 2011

December 1, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

The torn wetsuit of a percebeiro.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
12 Dec 2011

December 1, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A group of percebeiros try to escape from an unexpectedly large wave.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
12 Dec 2011

December 1, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

"El Presidente", one of the youngest percebeiros, empties his catch into a bucket.