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Sustaining their Faith
Photograph by Alex Webb

A cloud of pink sugar helps a child break the fast during Ramadan, a religious rite celebrated in Istanbul with food and festivities—even by those not observing the holy month. Ninety-nine percent of Turkish citizens define themselves as Muslim. Yet the government strictly upholds secular principles, adopted when the modern republic was founded in 1923. While the muezzin’s call to prayer is still heard five times daily throughout the city, religious expression, such as wearing a turban or a veil, is forbidden in government offices, public universities, or on publicly broadcast television.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Kodachrome 200
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: 8 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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