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Lasting Grief
Photograph by Matt Moyer, WorldPictureNews

A religious pilgrim kisses the door of the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf. "The door is worn down in places because of the kissing," says photographer Matt Moyer. Visits to the shrine—site of Ali's tomb—provoke intense emotions, particularly during the fasting month of Ramadan when believers often observe the anniversary of Ali's death in A.D. 661. "People beat their chests, slap their faces, and fall down weeping, overcome with grief," says Moyer.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 17-35mm Nikon lens
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: 8 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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