Taxi! Meet the people behind the wheel

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Photographer Matthew Joseph took pictures of taxi drivers in six cities and asked what drew them to the profession.

"As a photographer it's people, faces, journeys and stories that fascinate me," says Joseph. "Taxi drivers tick these boxes in abundance."

Shot over a 12-month period, Joseph started the project in New York and moved to London, Paris, Rome and Johannesburg and ended in Cape Town.

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Daniel, New York, USA

"I came here from Ghana to continue my degree. Driving a taxi gives me flexibility around my studies.

"There is a lot of competition now from Uber and other apps, but I think the Yellow Cab trade will survive - it will just look a lot different."

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Themba, Cape Town, South Africa

"I came [to Cape Town] to study, but then I couldn't get a job after school, so I became a taxi driver. It's easy - no-one's telling me what to do."

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Nathalie, Paris, France

"I met a taxi driver on a dating website, that's how I ended up here. I bought my licence for €170,000 (£146,700) nine-and-a-half years ago. I have only a couple of months to go until I have paid it off."

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Jamal, Paris, France

"I love meeting people and being my own boss. I used to be an accountant but after being unemployed for a long time I decided to become a taxi driver. That was in 1992."

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Rino, Rome, Italy

"It was more a family tradition than a choice to become a taxi driver 25 years ago. My parents pushed me into it - and here I am. I need the job but I don't love it - the best bit is that I get to practise my real passion, languages."

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Allesandro, Rome, Italy

"I am my father's retirement plan. He was a taxi driver and I have been renting his licence from him since he has retired, as there is no retirement benefit as a taxi driver. I love doing what I do. I intend for this to be my full-time career.

"I think Uber here is not a problem, it's just competition. It's normal to have a rival on the job. This brings improvement to the trade. For example, most cars in Rome are now able to take card payments."

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Thokozani, Johannesburg

"I have been driving combi vans for eight years. I am doing this while I look for another job. My dream is to work for a big company one day."

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Lynn, London

"The potential to earn a decent living and the flexibility drew me to this job. It's the best market stall in the world - you can open and close whenever you want.

"Driving a black cab has been one of the few ways uneducated, working-class people can earn a decent income."