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Lemons, Garlic, Mint, Portraits

Lemons, Garlic, Mint, Portraits

Hamza Ayari describes himself on Facebook as having a “photo addiction,” which fuels his growing collection of portraits made on location at his produce stand in Tunis’ central market.
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FirstLook: Tassili n’Ajjer National Park

FirstLook: Tassili n’Ajjer National Park

At first impression, the Sahara appears to be lifeless, with golden sand dunes stretching out as far as the eye can see. Yet it is one of the places where I have felt closest to the past of humanity.

—Sebastião Salgado

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The Amazigh Adventures of Le Petit Prince

The Amazigh Adventures of Le Petit Prince

One of the world's most beloved children's stories, The Little Prince – as it is titled in English – resonates especially in Morocco among Amazigh, or Berber, children and not just for its familiar desert setting. As one translator explains, "The plot has many similarities to our Amazigh oral tales."
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FirstLook: Qubbat al-Sakhra, ca. early 20th century

FirstLook: Qubbat al-Sakhra, ca. early 20th century

Considered one of the greatest achievements of early Islamic architects, craftsmen and artists, the magnificent interior of the Qubbat al-Sakhra (Dome of the Rock) was built between 688 and 691 CE on Jerusalem’s Haram al-Sharif by order of Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik. To create this unique symmetrical image of the hemispheric ceiling dome, photo restorer and artist Kelvin Bown painstakingly stitched together nine digital scans made from stereoscopic negatives.
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eL Seed's New Scripts

eL Seed's New Scripts

Fluid, colorful and often covering buildings, eL Seed’s public installations of “calligrafitti” have won eyes and hearts in 14 countries. Now he’s embracing sculpture and fashion, but when asked what’s the most important thing about his art, he replies, “Meeting people.”
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FirstLook: Cairo Cat

FirstLook: Cairo Cat

In any town or city, there are always plenty of reminders that we humans are not the only inhabitants. This is particularly true in Cairo, thanks in great part to cats, who seem to pad and paw their way everywhere. And they have been doing this in Egypt since Pharaonic times, when they were mummified and solemnly interred by the thousands, and the goddess Bastet was depicted first as a lioness and, later, as a domestic cat. Cats have appeared in Egyptian iconography, poetry and literature for millennia, up to modern times.
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