Nancy Chuang/Invisible Hands that Feed New York: Habib

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Nancy Chuang/Invisible Hands that Feed New York: Habib

150.00

Gelatin silver print, 13.5 x 9.5 matted 16x20.

HABIB
Habib from Afghanistan interacts with customers in Spanish and Russian, his English is flawless, and naturally he speaks Pashto; add Dari, Urdu, Farsi, Arabic, Hindi and even Polish to the mix. This knack for languages stems from his work in Pakistani refugee camps, from Afghanistan’s geography and history, and from 25 years vending on NYC streets. Habib turned his breakfast cart into an all-day cart a few years ago when competition and costs rose, but getting up by 4AM to drive his cart from Queens and vending until 7PM means he only sees his kids on weekends. In addition to donuts and egg-on-a-roll, he now sells gyros, chicken rice, and curries; he prefers to eat vegan himself, however.

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