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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FirstLook: Deep Descent

FirstLook: Deep Descent

In 2011 I moved to the United Arab Emirates. and I joined a group of cave explorers. After Several weeks of training, we traveled to Oman's Eastern Hajar Mountains, some 150 kilometers south of the capital, Muscat.
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FirstLook: A Mother’s Kiss

FirstLook: A Mother’s Kiss

For more than eight hours, we navigated the Sekonyer River in a wooden boat, cruising through Tanjung Puting National Park in the Central Kalimantan region of Borneo, Indonesia.

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FirstLook: Dhanji’s Garden

FirstLook: Dhanji’s Garden

It was the winter of my grandfather Dhanji’s 89th birthday, and we gathered at Mani Villa. We spent the afternoon sunbathing, eating and listening to stories of Dhanji’s impassioned life in the sprawling garden of this beautiful half an acre of property: Mani Villa, home of our beloved grandparents, was a British row house in Jhansi, in north-central India, that was named after my late grandmother, Mani. 

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FirstLook: Golden Hour in Karachi, Pakistan

FirstLook: Golden Hour in Karachi, Pakistan

For a long time now, I have felt there is a richer, more complete narrative about Karachi—my hometown—than what is often produced in news media.
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FirstLook: A Lens and a Legacy

FirstLook: A Lens and a Legacy

As a young man in 1948, Shaikh Amin traveled from newly established Pakistan to accept a job in the storehouse of Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He had put away part of his salary, and within a few years of joining the oil company, he saved enough money to buy a Rolleicord twin-lens reflex camera. He enrolled in a photography course by correspondence from the US and began to pick up freelance jobs, and in 1965 he qualified for a trainee post with the company’s Photo Unit.
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FirstLook: Mi Leu, Ma Villo, Provençal (My Eyes, My Town, in Provence)

FirstLook: Mi Leu, Ma Villo, Provençal (My Eyes, My Town, in Provence)

One day I encountered a photo of a man looking through a car window as sunlight reflected his view of the nearby cityscape. Soon afterward, I began this portrait series, of which four images are shown here, in my hometown of Vence, near Nice, France.
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