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Pemba and Ibo Island, Mozambique, 2016.

The photo reportage has to be considered as an appendix to the PhD research on dwellings and settlements in the city of Pemba, Mozambique. It represents a contextualization of the analysed case study, representing, through the photographic medium, an important element in the life of the inhabitants of the city of Pemba: the tide.


The Indian Ocean washes three of the four neighbourhoods selected and analysed in the research (Paquitequete, Natite and Chuiba) and the tide has a width of over 4 meters. During the low tide, women and children collect seafood and small fishes, while at high tide, men, on the local boats called dhows, go offshore to fish. What is collected and catch is then sold and in some cases consumed within the family.

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