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Bert Fox “This was one of 20 or so photographs that bubbled to the top,” says illustrations editor Bert Fox of why this photo was a finalist for the magazine and a winner here. “I responded to the patterns, shapes, and colors. It had a lot of punch.” Ultimately Fox and designer Robert Gray chose a different shot for the magazine. “We decided to go for a theme of solitude and isolation,” Fox said. You can find their choice—a picture of a cloaked woman alone at the Tripoli airport—on pages 4-5 of the November issue.

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Libya: Uncovering a Culture
Photographer Reza couldn’t let this shot get away. A group of shrouded women, each modestly revealing a single eye, sat against an elaborate tent wall to watch a festival in the mountain town of Kabaw. “Because it was a public place, it was a rare chance to photograph women whose Islamic tradition insists that men shouldn’t look at women, ” he says.

Check out the feature story this photo was originally taken for, and learn more about life in the North African nation at “Libya: An End to Isolation? ”. You’ll also find out about the challenges of this assignment from photographer Reza in a multimedia interview.
See more photographs by Reza in Zoom In.

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