Löffelbein: "I was surprised by what he was wearing"
In its February issue, BARÇA MAGAZINE speaks to the German photographer about the context the picture was taken in and which was the winner last December of the Photograph of the Year award presented by GEO magazine in conjunction with the German Unicef committee.
Löffelbein is thirty years old and last September travelled to Ghana to make a photo-report about toxic electronic waste being sent to Africa. While he was at the Agbogbloshie dump in Accra, he spotted a young boy wearing a Barça shirt.
"I was surprised when I saw what he was wearing", says Löffelbein. "I tried to speak to him, but it was impossible ... But I was also impressed by the vitality and energy of the young people working at the dump." The photographer reckoned there were about 800 people collecting rubbish, most of which were children.
Löffelbein's picture, which is now sure to appear at a number of different photography festivals, is all about the export of electronic waste to Africa, which is a threat to people's health and is causing serious damage to the environment. According to United Nations estimates, 6,500 tonnes of this waste is sent each month to Ghana, most of which ends up at the dump shown in this picture.