There is so much oil in Iraq that just about anybody can decide to open their own gas station, said photographer Eugenio Grosso, whose series "Oil City" takes a look at gas stations along a 70-mile stretch of northern Iraq. The features of each station can vary greatly. Some are large and luxurious; others are just rusty stalls standing alone.
Kurdish flags fly in front of gas pumps on the side of the road. Grosso traveled between the cities of Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah.
A gas station with an extravagant exterior.
Grosso estimates that he probably came across at least 70 gas stations along the 70 miles.
Many gas stations in Iraq are a family business, Grosso said.
A gas truck is painted on the wall of one station.
This station has its own mosque for customers who want to stop and pray.
"When I first noticed that there were so many petrol stations concentrated in the same area, I immediately thought that that could be a good way to talk about Iraq," Grosso said. "Oil is the main resource of the country and of the region in general. And it's a curse as well. All the wars and conflicts in that part of the world have the same aim -- to control that richness."
Some gas stations were not much more than a hose.
After Saudi Arabia, Iraq is OPEC's second-largest crude oil producer -- and it is home to the fifth-largest crude oil reserves after Venezuela.
"Even though I shot this series quite quickly, each shot has its own background," he said, "and if I look at them, I remember the place and the feelings."