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April 1908.The African laborer Zacharias Lewala discovers a shining stone at a railway construction site near Lüderitz.

And the fever begins...

It must have been bizarre to see astonishing and impressive buildings of Kolmanskop on a background of desolate surroundings.
Amongst them was an impressive two-storied home of mining engineer Leonard Kolle.
The Kolmanskop hospital. It was once a 200-bed facility with 2 quite eccentric attending physicians in charge.
Kolmanskop's hospital had once boasted the first X-ray machine in the S.Africa, used more to detect diamonds 'hidden' on workers' bodies than for broken bones.
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The extreme wealth of Kolmanskop during the 1920s made it one of the richest communities in Africa.
By 1956 Kolmanskop was deserted and replaced by Oranjemund as Namibia's diamond headquarters.
Kolmanskop is called a ghost, and even, dead town. To us,photographers, it is definitely alive and still has so much to say.
A status of a "ghost town" attracts lots of visitors. Some of them even try to leave their marks.
Thanks to photography, tons of people will probably recognize the location, even without having personally visited the Namib Desert .
Unlike humans,the Namib sand lets itself in through the front doors of the buildings,windows and roofs to stay, not to leave.

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