Can you tell us about your recent series exploring Doha/Qatar?
First thing I noticed when I was in Doha was the inequality of living conditions. There are on the one side the Qataries and a few rich others, and on the other side the workers. I was in Qatar for only less than a week, so I cannot tell you about the whole country. The climate was hot and humid, and the city is built for cars only, not so much for pedestrians. I did try to take a walk at the promenade by the sea, but I regretted my decision after a few minutes, because I’ve never sweated so much in my whole life!
The only Qataris I met in Doha were officials. The ones I photographed were all non-Qataries. Since there are so many foreign workers there, I found many people from different cultures. And even then, it was noticeable that every culture had a different status in Qatar. The darker the skin, the lower position some had at work. I barely met any women.
With my photos I wanted to show the abundant friendliness and kindness of those workers. With patience and dignity they were selling ice cream on the street for feeding their families and they still present you with a kind smile. The dark and dirty house entrances I photographed give an idea how they might live. And this was even the „better“ housing. There were many other areas where no press was allowed, for a good reason.