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Taipei’s Surprising Street Style

American Street
Taipei’s Surprising Street Style
Photographer Andy Richter discovers another side of Taipei.
By Sarah Purkrabek, AFAR Contributor
Photo by Andy Richter
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    American Street
    American Street
    A young man smokes a cigarette near Taipei Cinema Park. The area is also home to Lane 96 (also known as "American Street"), a trendy spot for shopping.
    Photo by Andy Richter
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    A Splash of Color
    A Splash of Color
    A teen waits for his hair dye to set.
    Photo by Andy Richter
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    Fast Fashion
    Fast Fashion
    "I sat with Kim, a fashion designer who studied in San Francisco, in a café in Taipei," says Richter. "We had coffee together. She told me about how difficult it is to make it in fashion there, as companies in mainland China will steal designs and reproduce fashions at a fraction of the cost."
    Photo by Andy Richter
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    Matching Uniforms
    Matching Uniforms
    A group of students in identical clothing practice for a performance in front of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
    Photo by Andy Richter
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    Culture Center
    Culture Center
    A young man poses for a photo in Ximending, Taipei. The shopping area he's hanging out in is known for its fashion boutiques, restaurants, bars, and clubs.
    Photo by Andy Richter
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    Batter Up
    Batter Up
    "It was ladies' night at the batting cage," explains Richter. "Men and boys would bring their dates to hit balls. They were dressed to go out, but they were really swinging away."
    Photo by Andy Richter
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    Dance It Out
    Dance It Out
    A group of teenagers practice their dance moves at the National Theater on Liberty Square.
    Photo by Andy Richter
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    Not So Candid
    Not So Candid
    "My subjects are aware of me," says Richter. "This isn't a culture that gets nervous around the camera."
    Photo by Andy Richter
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    Modern Toilet
    Modern Toilet
    "This photo was taken at Modern Toilet, a national chain in Taiwan," explains Richter. "Diners eat curry out of urinals and toilet bowls, all while sitting on the pot. It's a very popular place there, but it would never fly in America. By the way...the food is tasty."
    Photo by Andy Richter
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    Style Guru
    Style Guru
    A fashion store clerk in Ximending, Taipei shows off his work style.
    Photo by Andy Richter
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