Photographer's Note

Luderitz is a fantastically windswept and desolate little place, gateway to the Diamond Coast.

Originally valued by German colonialists for its strategic location as a port, the town reached the attention of the world when diamonds were discovered here in 1908. The ensuing rush was legendary, with prospectors inspired by true tales of hidden valleys whose surfaces were quite literally strewn with the gems.

The lure of the diamond fields remains to this day, albeit as a tourist attraction, centred on the famous ghost town of Kolmanskop and supplemented by some excellent guided expeditions into the previously forbidden areas.

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