Dorothea Lange fellow plans to document Cairo recyclers

Sara Lafleur-Vetter

Sara Lafleur-Vetter

In the sprawling city of Cairo, the zabaleen — members of a Coptic Christian community — have made their living collecting and recycling trash for seven decades.

Sara Lafleur-Vetter, winner of the 2015 Dorothea Lange Fellowship, plans to use her $4,000 winnings for a project documenting the lives of the zabaleen — and the struggle between tradition and modernity in Egypt that their story exemplifies.

Read about Lafleur and see photos of her earlier documentary series, from Russia, on the Dorothea Lange Fellowship website.