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Hungry for Tradition
Photograph by Alex Webb

Her black dress fluttering like wings, a woman passes the New Mosque. Age is relative in Istanbul: The New Mosque was completed in 1663, many centuries after other revered landmarks dating from Greek and Roman times. Women don’t often don conservative kara garsaf, or black chador, in Turkey’s most cosmopolitan city. But a growing Islamic revival—spurred by money from other Muslim countries to support fundamentalists—is challenging the government’s rigid secular position.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Kodachrome 64
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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