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FirstLook: Birthday Feast

In the small town of Syrdaryo, about 80 kilometers outside of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, photojournalist Carolyn Drake visited the family of a local friend. The visit coincided with a birthday celebration. In the family’s main room near a window, a dasturxon (Uzbek for tablecloth used as a place setting, usually set on the floor) served as a focal point for sweets, appetizers and side dishes, surrounded by kurpachas, felt mats used for sitting or reclining.
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FirstLook: Birthday Feast

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FirstLook: Casablanca Not the Movie

I love walking the beach in Casablanca. Earlier this year I saw a dog digging a hole into the sand. The scene grabbed my attention, and I began to take a couple of pictures. When a boy rode up on a horse behind me to watch what was happening, I quickly took three steps back, placing the horse in the left of the frame, and made this photograph.
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FirstLook: Casablanca Not the Movie

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FirstLook: Mobile Library, Java

Ridwan Sururi of Serang Village, central Java, Indonesia, started the Kudapustaka (Horse library), in 2015. Today he visits villages and schools  three days a week.
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FirstLook: Mobile Library, Java

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FirstLook: Baking Naan

Baking Naan, Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

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FirstLook: Baking Naan

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FirstLook: AramcoWorld at 70

From the current print edition’s cover to the our first edition, we’ve assembled 366 of the nearly 450 regular and special editions published since 1949 as we celebrate 70 years of AramcoWorld
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FirstLook: AramcoWorld at 70

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FirstLook: Morning tafheem, al-Rumah, Saudi Arabia

To get camels ready for races, they are taken out for tafheem, an Arabic word that has two main meanings in English.
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FirstLook: Morning tafheem, al-Rumah, Saudi Arabia

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Removing Water Lilies from Dal Lake

No matter what my assignment is, as a photojournalist, I usually keep a camera ready all day. You never know when there will be a chance to make an interesting image that can tell a different story. 
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Removing Water Lilies from Dal Lake

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First Look: The Shining Jewel

Often an angle least considered is the bird’s-eye view—straight down, this came to mind when I thought about photographing the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.
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First Look: The Shining Jewel

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FirstLook: Inside/Outside

This "dreamlike" photograph was made both inside and outside of my grandmother’s sister-in-law’s adobe house near Ankara, Turkey using a pinhole camera that I made by hand from a paint can.
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FirstLook: Inside/Outside

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FirstLook: Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

It was as if Dubai's sand "reflected ... not the forms of the towers but the humanity that built them," says photographer Bjorn Moerman.
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FirstLook: Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

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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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FirstLook: Tassili n’Ajjer National Park

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FirstLook: State Highway 37, near Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, Central India

State Highway 37, near Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, Central India

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FirstLook: State Highway 37, near Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, Central India

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

Photo restorer and artist Kelvin Brown stitched together scans from stereoscopic negatives bringing renewed clarity to the Qubbat al-Sakhra (Dome of the Rock).
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FirstLook: Qubbat al-Sakhra, ca. early 20th century

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FirstLook: Cairo Cat

Since Pharaonic times, thousands of cats have appeared in Egyptian iconography and literature. Today Cairo, they pad and paw their way everywhere, even staring dow the camer of photographer Lorraine Chittock.  
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FirstLook: Cairo Cat

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FirstLook: New Energy

Silhouetted from afar, five shapes cluster like wind-worn stones. Closer, they shimmer, suggesting perhaps a squad of recently landed spaceships. The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia is a new permanent space to local, national and international programs for art, culture, science, education and innovation.
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FirstLook: New Energy

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FirstLook: Galata Bridge, circa 1890

“Constantinople: Kara-Keui et vue de Péra” reads the caption for this skillfully colorized view of late-Ottoman Istanbul, a city connecting East and West and driven by global commerce and trade, at a time when the advances of the Industrial Revolution in fields including photographic processes were connecting people as never before.
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FirstLook: Galata Bridge, circa 1890

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FirstLook: “Children can swim before they walk"

Photographer Matthieu Paley was in Southeast Asia working on stories about the evolution of the human diet when he made this picture. "I was visiting traditional, self-sufficient communities to see how food shapes daily life. My host was named Marita. She was inside preparing food as I arrived."
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FirstLook: “Children can swim before they walk"

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FirstLook: "Intersections"

Using a single light suspended from the ceiling to shine through a laser-cut sculpture 
in wood that is painted black, Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha transforms the Rice Art Gallery in Houston into an allusion to Islamic sacred spaces where geometric ornamentation and patterns themselves allude to the infinity of creation.
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FirstLook: "Intersections"

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FirstLook: Iftar Nights

Iftar means “fast breaking” in Arabic, and the socializing, sharing and community that goes along with it is a worldwide hallmark of the month of Ramadan.
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FirstLook: Iftar Nights

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FirstLook: Kitab al-Filaha

“Of Planting the Quince Tree” (chapter 8, article 36): It is said that the quince tree  is called the Almond of India. One of the species casts a large round fruit, the other small, while another is long and is called a monhad. Of these there are both sweet and sour fruit. According to the book of Ibn Hajaj, place the quince tree in low ground where moisture and humidity lie. Labathio said sandy ground is suitable too, provided it is manured and watered regularly.
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FirstLook: Kitab al-Filaha

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FirstLook: Aswan, Egypt, May 14, 1964

In 1966, a Norwegian-born, Mexico-educated, Beirut-resident photographer and journalist named
Tor Eigeland took his first assignment for this magazine. Since then, his byline has appeared more
than 50 times on some of our most popular stories from around the globe. This is his story of one of his earliest assignments in the Middle East.

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FirstLook: Aswan, Egypt, May 14, 1964

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FirstLook: Lavender Flowers Near Maimana

This photograph was made in the spring of 1978 on my 10th visit to Afghanistan. I was 31, and I had two degrees in religious studies. In Afghanistan there was a word for a traveling religious scholar. Christians and Jews had been among these travelers for centuries; I was welcomed almost everywhere.
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FirstLook: Lavender Flowers Near Maimana

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FirstLook: Youth of the Nation

For a week in December 2009, Abduljalil and I created a studio-style “photo booth” for kids at the Saudi Aramco Oil Exhibit Eid Program in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
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FirstLook: Youth of the Nation

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FirstLook: Learning from the Pattern-Masters

Welcome to FirstLook, which kicked off in the November/December 2015 print edition. We start in Fez, Morocco, as blue dusk settles in minutes after maghrib, or the sunset call to prayer. Find all FirstLook images amid others @aramcoworld on Instagram, as well as on our Facebook page.

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