National Science Foundation "Portraits of Dagaa"
Director: Justin Bastien
Director of Photography: Justin Bastien
While shooting on assignment in Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania for the National Science Foundation, I became inspired by the people and their connection to the lake. As a side project I wanted to document the lake and the peoples’ rhythmic connection to dagaa, the Swahili name for a small sardine-like fish and their primary food source. Their culture is shaped, their bellies filled, and their income subsidized by dagaa. Along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, dagaa is life and life is dagaa.
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