Mr Ahmet’s Sandal Workshop – Kos, Greece

“I did not go to school. This is my school!”. A leather shoemaker for 61 years, Ahmet spends 6 days a week at his workshop in Kolokotroni Street, in the island of Kos, Greece. With an atmosphere rich in tanning chemicals, the workshop is layered with rolls of leather, canvas, shoe boxes and tools. Ahmet is well known for being the island’s best shoemaker; in summer he makes sandals, and in winter he switches to boot making. Ahmet works all day under the illumination of the long fluorescent bulb, the sole source of light that reaches the shop.