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Associated Press Photographer Portrays Mayan Women with Vintage Box Camera Bought in Afghanistan

COBAN (AP).- The women gaze patiently out of the darkness at the camera, their silver necklaces and intricately patterned headscarves giving them a regal air. Shadows blur faintly around their faces in the black-and-white photographs, and the diffuse glow of the light brings to mind images from an earlier, less-precise age. Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd made his way to the Guatemalan mountain city of Coban in July to photograph these women vying to become this year’s National Indigenous Queen of Guatemala, who is honored for helping keep alive the country’s rich Mayan history. At the same time, Abd was keeping alive another tradition from the other side of the world by using a wooden box camera he had bought in Afghanistan. The