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Lisboa: A Tale of Two Cities

Lisboa: A Tale of Two Cities

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Lisboa is a hard copy and high quality, 20 page, A4, table top photo-documentary which tells the story of one 24 hour period in the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon. Following a timeline from the early morning of one weekday through to the early hours of the next, this project captures the changing face of a varied city.

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The tag-line of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ refers to the two sides of the city which coexist side by side. Following chronic drug related crime and health problems (there were 100,000 drug users in the country of 10 million a decade ago), the government took the decision to decriminalise controlled substances in a bid to redefine drug abuse as a public health issue rather than a criminal one. The effect has been basically two fold; less people are becoming dependent on drugs and associated crime has therefore reduced massively (which is great) but, at the same time, the black market of drug selling and taking is openly visible in the city – and the result is fascinating. Countless drug dealers and users live, work, beg and socialise in amongst the masses of regular tourists and locals out doing their everyday activities.

Lisboa is priced at £10.