Playing ‘the waiting game’

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For nearly eight years, photographer Txema Salvans traveled the winding roads of Spain’s Mediterranean coast to document the lives of alleged prostitutes.

Salvans witnessed the daily trials of these “sirens of the highway,” standing by traffic signs and abandoned furniture as they lured travelers into their web of seduction.

“As with war photography or any kind of documentarian work, I tried to show the inherent beauty of my subject,” said Salvans, who is winning international acclaim for his series, “The Waiting Game.” “These photos are of them and for them.”

Posing as a topographer surveying the state of the roads, Salvans spent day after day hanging by derelict buildings, abandoned shopping centers and other less salubrious areas associated with Spain’s real estate crash.

Remaining inconspicuous, Salvans said, was the most ethical and least intrusive way to allow the women to be natural and not feel monitored.

“I come from the…

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