Counter culture: shopkeepers from around the world – in pictures

FIGHT BOREDOM, SPREAD HAPPINESS

Vladimir Antaki has been documenting shopkeepers all over the world. His project was born from his desire to document and pay tribute to these ‘guardians of urban temples’ that we meet everyday without really noticing

Rachid the butcher in Paris, France.Rachid the butcher in Paris. All photographs: Vladimir Antaki/Barcroft Media

David poses with his dog in London, England.

David poses with his dog in London

Jainul in his shop in New York City.

Jainul in his shop in New York

Jose surrounded by electrical goods in New York City.

Jose, a TV repairman, in New York

Abou Georges stands behind a counter in Beirut, Lebanon.

Abou Georges in his workshop in Beirut, Lebanon

Marie in Montreal, Canada.Marie in Montreal, Canada. Marie is a passionate collector. She runs a store that contains nostalgic objects that belonged to her late husband. The store no longer exists

Richard is surrounded by hundreds of items in Montreal, Canada.

Richard surrounded by hundreds of items in Montreal

Edwige is dwarfed by stacks of vintage magazines in Paris, France.

Edwige is dwarfed by stacks of vintage magazines in Paris

Alyssa in Montreal, Canada.

Alyssa in Montreal

Abdou in Beirut, Lebanon.

Abdou in Beirut

Denise in her shop in Paris, France.

Denise Acabo in her chocolate shop in the Moulin Rouge area of Paris

Yacek stands amongst his wares of adult books and magazines in London.

Yacek stands amongst his adult books and magazines in London

Baba in his shop in Paris, France.

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