Street workers sell all kinds of products and offer a broad variety of services: mojitos and massages in the beach, not-so-improvised concerts on the streets, rickshaw rides and sword-shaped-balloons. We find nationals and foreigners, men and women, youngsters and elders, individuals and groups. Some love their job; others don’t have other alternative.
In Barcelona streets’ two forces collide: on the one hand traditional professions that are slowly fading due to a market too fast for them, such as knife-sharpeners that not so long ago were easily seen (and listened); on the other hand the jobs aimed at tourists that have overtaken the streets since the city became a tourist hotspot some 20 years ago, like the masseuses in the beach.
This is a portrait of those working in and appropriating Barcelona’s public space, reflecting the heterogeneity in the activities they carry out and the duality in their target clients aforementioned. It is also an attempt to put a face and a story to those whose presence we barely notice even though they make up a consubstantial part of our cities.