Wouldn't you agree that local, family-run and independent shops are the essence of each individual neighbourhood around the world?
Actually, Balazs and I know our butcher by name, the pastry shop owner down the road always waves at us when we pass by her window, and the florist I go to treats me to an extra bloom with every new order. So it is no surprise that I totally adore this new series by French photographer, Vladimir Antaki. He travels the world cleverly photographing the owners of small independent shops. It’s his way of paying tribute to the “guardians of urban temples” that we meet every day without really noticing them at times.
So, next time you’re getting your veggie fix from the local shop, crack an extra smile, just because:) Deal?
P.S: Corpus Libris.
P.P.S: NYC subway public library.