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FirstLook: "In the Marshes of Iraq"

“In the Marshes of Iraq” — November/December 1966
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FirstLook: Ramadan Picnic

FirstLook: Ramadan Picnic

On a warm June evening, people gathered at a park in Bethesda, Maryland, for a community potluck dinner welcoming the start of Ramadan.

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FirstLook: Duet

FirstLook: Duet

“Duet” comes from the Latin root word duo which means two. The Duet series focuses on double portraits, a tradition in West Africa.

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FirstLook: Soaring off Ambon Island

FirstLook: Soaring off Ambon Island

This photo was taken off Ambon Island, East Indonesia in 2010. It is one of my favorites, illustrating the free-spirited nature of the children in the rural archipelago. While some children in the big cities may stay inside and play computer games, the children in Ambon with easy access to the water see the ocean surrounding their village as their playground.
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FirstLook: The Beauty of the Streets

FirstLook: The Beauty of the Streets

This photo series began unexpectedly when I found that photographing people behind windows and maintaining a distance made me, and the people I photographed, feel more comfortable. I purposefully frame myself in the reflection of the window to see into the space I’m photographing. I feel every window tells a different story.
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FirstLook: Rain in Fayoum

FirstLook: Rain in Fayoum

I took this photo during a rainy day in November 2018 from the window of my family home in Fayoum, Egypt, located about 100 kilometers southwest of the capital. It hardly rains but a few times in the year in most parts of Egypt, and when it does, it is always something special, bringing Joy and happiness particularly for the local children.
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FirstLook: Kuylu Valley, Kyrgyzstan

FirstLook: Kuylu Valley, Kyrgyzstan

Little explored for tourism and not a popular destination even among locals, this section of the Tien Shan mountains, some 360 kilometers east of Bishkek, Kyrgystan’s capital, lies near the border with China.
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FirstLook: Beni Isguen, Algeria

FirstLook: Beni Isguen, Algeria

As a young college student in the 1980s, George Steinmetz hitchhiked in the desert lands of north-central Algeria along the Sahara. In 2009 he revisited the region, now as a world-renowned photojournalist working on a book about the world’s extreme deserts and the human adaptations and settlements in them.
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FirstLook: Hair Washing at Home

FirstLook: Hair Washing at Home

In 2021 a photography project took me 1.900 kilometers down the Tigris River through Turkey. Syria and Iraq. By the time we reached the city of Kut, in central Iraq. I had been camping along the riverbanks for nearly two months, mostly in the company of men, with the occasional night hosted by a local family. Here Kut, at the home of a fisherman's family. I was able to have some precious time with other women. I was also able to join their weekly ritual of washing one another's hair. 
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