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A nurse pushes her son's bicycle as he walks along side in Cienfuegos, Cuba on 17 March 2009.

Artifacts: Photographer Tomas van Houtryve

His longest project to date, which spanned seven years, took him to the world’s last remaining communist countries. Depicting how people live in these often overlooked places, van Houtryve’s work was published last year in a book entitled Behind the Curtains of 21st Century Communism.

Currently based in Paris, he’s now working on a story for National Geographic magazine about mining in Peru.

Van Houtryve took our strange request in stride and dumped out his camera bag, removed a bit of gear to balance out his knick-knacks, then laid them all on sheet in his Parisian apartment.

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