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Amanda Sperber

Amanda Sperber is an East Africa–based freelance journalist.


Miners use traditional tools to break salt into bricks, which they then carry for hours on camelback to the nearest town. The mining site is a popular destination for local tourists, who gather in small groups to snap photos of the operation. Photograph by Alex Pritz.

This Must Be the Place

Winter 2018 | Photography

The Danakil is an environmentally outlandish, politically disputed, mineral-rich plain about 124 miles long by thirty-one miles wide in northern Ethiopia, on the border of Eritrea in the Horn of Africa. Home to the Afar people, a predominantly Muslim [...]