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The night has a special kind of intimacy. A slower pace, a sense that time is moving in other directions. Places turn unfamiliar in the dark; people look different, do things differently. The night is a pause from life during the day, but also a world entirely of its own.

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Lights out Libya 06.11.15 — Naziha Arebi Tripoli

Libya has seen rough times since Gaddafi fell. Things that once worked are no longer functioning; what used to be reliable cannot be trusted. This includes the country’s electricity supply – Libyans today are more and more finding themselves left in the dark. But, as it turns out, the blackouts also let people discover new things.

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Night shift 06.11.15 — Caglar Kanzik Istanbul

With night comes invisibility, and who says we are less ourselves when we cannot be seen in a proper light? At an Istanbul nightclub, a group of people revel in the flicker of disco balls; shedding identity and taking on greater form within a spectrum of gender, gloriously vivid.

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Tehran by night 06.11.15 — Claudia Willmitzer Tehran

Walking around Tehran at night means discovering a new city, different from the capital we know meet during the day. Streets, squares and neighbourhoods live another life at night; people inhabit them in different ways. Many areas become empty – or, at least so it seems. Because the emptiness at night is not void, but filled with things.

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Neon on the Nile 06.11.15 — Sabry Khaled, Tine Lavent Cairo

Mahmoud! Eh da ya Mahmoud? Heya el nas de 3ayza menny ba’a eh? (“Mahmoud! What’s this, Mahmoud? What do these people want from me?”) One of Egyptian star Mahmoud Ellithy’s songs from 2014 comes blasting through a speaker set up at the back of Messi, a boat afloat on the Nile. Passengers crowd the deck […]

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In times of trouble 06.11.15 — Nousha Kabawat Damascus

Syria is drawn deeper into the darkness, yet one community is finding some space to step out of the shadows. Once tucked between whispers and secret getaways, members of LGBTQ communities in Damascus are finding a new, louder voice in the conflict as society’s gaze and the country’s brutal security apparatus begin to look the other way.

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Bonsoir misriya 06.11.15 — Sana Sbouai, Kais Zriba, Malek Khadhraoui Tunis

Tunis, rue de Marseille. Tu fermes les yeux et tu images la cité phocéenne, majestueuse, un bastion d’histoire, un mélange de culture.

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Bonsoir misriya 06.11.15 — Sana Sbouai, Kais Zriba, Malek Khadhraoui Tunis

There’s a street in downtown Tunis, lined with places where the light is dim and drinks are served from coloured bottles. It was once a place where music made people smile and cinemas had moviegoers line up outside. Today, much of that has changed. Rue de Marseille may still come alive at night, but not in the old, joyous way.

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ظلام الليل في ليبيا 06.11.15 — Naziha Arebi Tripoli

في أحد شوارع طرابلس يحلّ ظلام الليل ليخفّف من وطأة ازدحامه المعتاد، فلا ترى سوى وميض المصابيح الأماميّة للسيّارات المارّة فيه. ترى المحلات التجاريّة إمّا مغلقة أو تشغّلها مولّدات الكهرباء أو ينيرها وهج الشموع. ويعتمد بعض المارّة على ضوء هواتفهم أو يحملون الشموع للتنقّل بين الشوارع والأزقّة المجاورة، بينما يفضّل البعض الآخر تجنّب الإنارة والتسلّل […]

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Marching through the dark 06.11.15 — Clément Girardot Yerevan

On April 24 of every year, Armenians the world over take to the streets to commemorate the 1915 genocide. In Yerevan, the commemoration this year, 100 years since the killings, took on greater significance. Young and old, women and men, gathered for a nightly climb to the “eternal fire”, symbolising Armenia’s insistence on recognition and remembrance.

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