SALE STALLS IS A PHOTO STORY BY SIMON KOY, A COLOURFUL AND CULTURAL PROJECT PORTRAYING DIFFERENCES IN PLACES AND PEOPLE HE’S WORKED ON FOR 11 YEARS
■ text and photos by Simon Koy
I have been travelling around the world since 2006. After two world trips, I realised how interesting sale stalls are. They tell you a lot about a country: how organised it is or how wealthy.
Sale stalls are very exciting for me as a photographer because you can get in contact with the locals quite easily and it’s mostly very interesting and photogenic.
I love it to see the selection of products in different countries—especially those where markets and sale stalls culture is very big. In Germany or Western Europe, we get used to supermarkets and factory products, and the quality of food is usually quite low.
I really enjoy bargaining and having conversations with sale stall guys. My favourite sale stalls I saw in Iran, Georgia. and Peru because of the variety of products. Also, the noise of the market people, the crowd, movement, and smells. I always go looking for markets—first thing I do when I travel to a country. One of my favourite markets I saw in Iquitos (Peru) had every food you can imagine: crabs, crocodiles, monkey heads, etc. I created a book about it. Go check it out!