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Romanian wedding traditions – a photo essay

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In a remote region in the north of Romania, there is a remarkable mixture of tradition and wealth. Residents of the Oaș region have been labouring for years in the west so that back home they can build magnificent hou...

Across Kazakhstan by rail – a photo essay

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The monotonous rattling of the train accompanies us through the steppe of Central Asia. The air that travels with us smells of cooked food and the exhalations of dozens of passengers. Sounds drift over to me from vari...

Growing up in Northern Ireland free of the Troubles – a photo essay

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Luc Baxter plays with his friends Taylor Walker and Corey Neilly in Casual Riots, Shankill’s only hard-rock band. Contrary to what the name suggests, they have no sympathy whatsoever for the rioters from their own nei...

Bali without tourists: once-bustling hotspots now eerie and overgrown – a photo essay

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The sun is slowly disappearing on Jimbaran beach. The restaurants lining the beach have started to turn on their lights, but not all of them are open. Some lie abandoned, festooned with wild plants and weeds. The beac...

Manila’s newly homeless tell of survival in lockdown – photo essay

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Like so many others before her, Michelle Sicat, a 28-year-old single mother from the province of Nueva Ecija, had come to Metro Manila to get a job to support her family. She left her daughter with her parents so she ...

‘I’d like to find a Roman fibula brooch’: watching the detectorists – a photo essay

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Nel mese di luglio 2009, Terry Herbert of the Bloxwich Research and Metal Detecting club picked up a signal with his metal detector; the signal for what we now know to be the Staffordshire hoard. The find of almost 4,600 pieces ...

‘Haves and have-nots’: how the housing crisis is creating two New Zealands – a photo essay

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Returning home to a country he couldn’t afford to secure a home in, New Zealand photographer Cody Ellingham began to roam suburban streets at night with his camera. In a new series of photographs, he reflects the unea...

Uma Thurman recounts her abortion as a teen in essay condemning Texas ban

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Uma Thurman has railed against the “horror” of Texas’s draconian new abortion law and called for the ban to be lifted, as she opened up about an abortion she had as a teenager. Writing for the Washington Post, the act...

One month in Kabul under Taliban rule– a photo essay

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Above its tightly clustered houses and peaks of the Hindu Kush mountains, Kabul’s blue skies were once dotted with countless colourful kites, flown by children from the hilltops or their rooftops. Since the Taliban to...

‘It helped me get away from crime’: Cape Town’s College of Magic – a photo essay

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To fans of JK Rowling’s books, the story may sound somewhat familiar: a young boy living in difficult circumstances is enrolled in a mysterious school far from home, where his life is changed for ever by the transform...

‘Ida is not the end’: Indigenous residents face the future on Louisiana’s coast – photo essay

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Out on the frontiers of the Louisiana coastline, amid winding bayous, battered island roads and sinking land, a swath of fresh devastation for this region’s overlooked Indigenous tribal communities. Amid the rapid dep...

‘They just forgot about us’: a US motel of climate refugees with nowhere to go – photo essay

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If you were to drive through Medford, a small city in southern Oregon, you’d pass by an unremarkable motel. You’d see guests sitting out on their balconies, smoking cigarettes, walking their dogs across the small patc...

Zen and the art of fly-fishing in Sweden – a photo essay

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I first learned about fly-fishing in a story by Truman Capote called Handcarved Coffins. In America’s midwest, Capote’s help is solicited by a small-town sheriff stumped by a string of diabolically ingenious murders i...

‘They call us bewitched’: the DRC performers turning trash into art – photo essay

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As a child, Shaka Fumu Kabaka witnessed the atrocities that took place during the six-day war between Ugandan and Rwandan forces in his home town of Kisangani in June 2000. “It was not even our war, but a war between...

Britain’s re-enactors return to the battlefields after Covid – a photo essay

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‘We are historical interpreters: we are here so people don’t have to read the book,” says Aidan Turnbull, from the comfort of an open 15th-century toilet in the grounds of Dover Castle. Turnbull, an expert in medieval...

The last nomad hippies – a photo essay

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The pandemic disrupted so many people’s plans, including mine. As a freelance reporter, my scheduled trip through South America in search of stories disappeared and I had to look for alternatives. In spite of everythi...

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