1982, Kashmir, India
Plate 38, 18x27
Where and how do they buy the shoes, which ones do they reject and why—or do they buy all that come to market? If the people are still alive, how could they sell this one vital Item in a high mountain setting? Their customer might be one in a thousand for size and width, forget about color.
I did not speak the language so got no information for my question. I stayed around trying to learn how it worked and why. At first, I did not take the picture because it was so bewildering to me, but just before leaving, I snapped it. After much time, I choose to believe the customers bought the shoes they needed even if they fit poorly and were not really the color they might have wanted. I was most amazed at finding a volume shoe business in this remote place that seemed to work, though I could not understand how.