Photography by David Pace


About these photographs:

“Karaba is a small village in the country of Burkina Faso in West Africa. The workers carve the bricks by hand from a solid stone called laterite.  Laterite is rich in iron which gives the stone its bright orange color when it oxidizes. These durable bricks are the basic construction material for houses in the region. The quarry has been in constant use for about 23 years. It is constantly changing shape like an ever evolving earthwork installation.” I have been photographing in Burkina Faso for more than 4 years. I spend every fall quarter there as Co-director of Santa Clara University’s study abroad program “Reading West Africa.”

– David Pace