Togo: Market Day

Togo: Market Day

Art Wolfe
Published: 11/24/2008

Togo is a narrow country sandwiched between the West African nations of Ghana and Benin. It was afflicted by the slave trade. The population fled inland. Today, some of their descendents sell fish beside the shore of a vast lake while making their homes on an island where their forebears hide from slavers.

Unlike the rest of Africa where tastes in dress favor earth tones, in West Africa color is king. The exuberance is reflected in the festive activities at this market as the island dwellers sell their catch.

Overcast light reveals the saturated colors, which the green foliage and ominous dark clouds highlight.

Don't forget to check out my show, ART WOLFE'S TRAVELS TO THE EDGE, on your local PBS channel to learn more about Togo and my other worldly travels.

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