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11 February 2012

Some of best photos of the year 2011 for Reuters

RAFAEL MARCHANTE, Portugal

“Reuters photographers in Portugal use an expression when we go out to take pictures of the economic crisis: "trekking and fishing" as they are often long days spent walking with our eyes wide open. The crisis in Portugal is difficult to photograph because there is nothing special happening on the streets. It is a crisis behind closed doors that for the time being the Portuguese live in intimacy. Our work must be subtle. We must always be attentive to looks, gestures or actions which allow us to guess the situation of the protagonists in our pictures. This photo was taken during a day of "trekking and fishing" in the neighborhood of Alfama. I was searching for a photo when I saw a woman talking to another leaning out of the window. In the middle of the conversation the woman in the street raised her arm. That was the picture of crisis.”

Canon EOS 5D, lens 50 mm, f1.8, 1/500, ISO 100

Caption: Two women talk in the Alfama neighborhood in Lisbon April 11, 2011. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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