Coming out the other side

Shit

It’s been three tough months. While everyone else in Italy sunbathed and drank mojitos on the beach, we were locked away in the office, burying our days under the smelliest, grossest and most dangerous topic we could possibly have chosen: Shit.

COLORS 82 is about the 2.6 billion people in the world who need toilets. It explains why they can't find one, and why it’s so important that they do. It tells you the difference between a helicopter toilet, a pit latrine and shitting in the street. It advises you how to make your own, inspired by makeshift toilets built after an earthquake in New Zealand. It also explains how the Japanese have become the most advanced toilet culture in the world, explores the winding guts of Barcelona’s sewer system, features China’s best toilet attendant, and visits a jail in Rwanda where people imprisoned for acts of genocide turn their waste into cooking gas.

There's lots more, of course, and now that the issue has finally gone to print we feel lighter, and somehow liberated. Ladies and gentleman, COLORS 82 – Shit is coming soon to a bookstore near you. Don't miss it - it’s the best piece of toilet reading you'll see this year.

 

Above. COLORS photographer Laia Abril, reemerging from a photoshoot in the Barcelona sewers.