This Is What Small Businesses Look Like Around The World
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This Is What Small Businesses Look Like Around The World

Shopping has never been as easy as it is today through online retailers like Amazon and Alibaba. A ccording Statista , an estimated 2.14 billion people worldwide are expected to shop online by the year 2021. But with this newfound ease of access to 24-hour online shopping, it’s also become increasingly difficult for local entrepreneurs and artisans to compete with online mega-retailers. Photographer Vladimir Antaki has traveled the world to document the unique and curious spaces where passion becomes business . His new book The Guardians, published by Kehrer Verlag, is a collection of portraits from his journeys that capture shopkeepers in their places of work. What’s revealed is something that can’t be bought or sold online — humanity. Here, Antaki shares with BuzzFeed News a selection of portraits from The Guardians and his words on how the project came to be. The way people shop has changed considerably over the past 20 years, and the internet has redefined all the rules. If you can shop faster and cheaper from the comfort of your own home, then why would someone refrain from doing it? Mom and pop shops can’t compete with this kind of strike force. And because the […]

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