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The Stores Of Marrakech’s Medina Hold Treasures In Tiny Spaces

It’s easy to get lost in the frenzied, maze-like streets of the Medina in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, where merchants have mastered stacking, hanging and arranging their goods to make the most of the limited space made available to them.

Most might consider this practical, but some see it as an art form worth admiring.

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Germany-based photographer Thomas Meinickle thinks so, too. He’s fascinated by the merchants’ creative organisational skills and the aesthetics of these small spaces — it’s accuracy and chaos, all in one.

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Meinickle lives and works as a photographer in Leipzig, specialising in photojournalism and street portraits. In the early ’90s, in the course of his travels, he started snapping pictures of daily life. This is how his project, Medina Stores, came to fruition.

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The series showcases how beautifully bizarre the interiors of the market stalls are. Due to the limited space and need to display as many items as possible, storeowners must get creative to fit everything it in an appealing way.

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To see more from this series and Meinickle’s other works, visit his website.

(All images courtesy Thomas Meinickle)