Today’s NYT Lens blog: Lauren Greenfield’s “Dubai”

I first wrote about Lauren’s photo essay on Dubai back in August, when the images appeared in Fast Company, Das, and Zeit magazines. If you’ve been following the news, you know the story has continued to build to a potentially devastating ending: There have been reports that the government of Dubai might default on roughly two-thirds of its $80 billion in debt, which could in turn affect creditors all over the world.

All the more reason, then, to keep examining what went wrong. Today’s New York Times Lens blog features Lauren’s photographic observations of Dubai, plus an interview with Lauren by James Estrin. An excerpt:

As the orgy of building ground to a halt earlier this year, the photographer Lauren Greenfield set out to tell the story of Dubai and the foreign workers who make up most of its population.

“I call the story an improbable fairy tale,” Ms. Greenfield said. “Anything that could be fantasized could be built. It really was the land of opportunity. It’s more Las Vegas than Las Vegas.”

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