Oil City: The Gas Stations of Iraq

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©Eugenio Grosso

In the words of the artist Eugenio Grosso:

Petrol stations in Iraq are a family business.

Most of those, in fact, do not belong to any company, as there is such a big amount of oil in the country that anybody can decide to open its own station. Therefore, the features of each station are very different one from another. There are luxurious golden ones and rusty stalls standing lonely in the middle of nowhere.

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©Eugenio Grosso

This series of images was shot on the road that stretches between Sulaymaniyah and Kirkuk in Iraqi Kurdistan. It is only 112 km long and it is dotted with petrol stations at almost every kilometer. The city of Kirkuk, currently in Kurdish control, was at the centre of a dispute between the central government and the KRG (Kurdish Regional Government). Who controls the city in fact also controls the 10% of the whole Iraqi oil reservoir. 

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©Eugenio Grosso

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