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Photo Friday

The 2011 AAA Photo Contest is a showcase of anthropology at its best. Of the 93 photos submitted, AAA members selected their favorites in each of the four categories: Practice, People, Place and Process. You can view the top 20 photos in Anthropology News. Here on the AAA blog, we will feature several of the photos in a blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: Luli (Roma) Girl
Photo Courtesy of Damon Lynch
Contest Category: People
Caption: For many Tajiks, Romas are probably the most disliked of all social groups. Although they constitute a tiny percentage of Tajikistan’s population, they are highly visible because they beg. Tajiks often wondered why I bothered to photograph them, let alone befriend them. This Roma girl was with two other Roma girls. One of them I had photographed the year before. When her companion and I realized we’d met before, she excitedly told the other two girls about the set of prints I had previously given her. At this point their head scarfs were immediately removed and a new set of photos requested. I was more than happy to obey. Dushanbe, Tajikistan, June 23 2011.

Start finding your best photos from the last two years…the 2012 AAA Photo Contest opens April 23! Winning photographs will be displayed at the 111th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. View contest details.

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