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Moscow
By Igor Grishin
14 May 2017

People walk and sit atop the arch of Pushkinsky Bridge over the Moscow River near Gorky Park as they enjoy a warm weather May 14, 2017.

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Moscow
By Igor Grishin
14 May 2017

People walk and sit atop the arch of Pushkinsky Bridge over the Moscow River near Gorky Park as they enjoy a warm weather May 14, 2017.

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Nattali Rize
Bersenbrück
By Ralf Falbe
30 Jul 2016

Top Act Nattali Rize (Australia) performes at the Reggae Jam Festival in Bersenbrück, Germany.

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Trash Collectors
Manila
By Ralf Falbe
13 Jun 2016

Men carry bags of trash along the shoreline of Manila Bay, Philippines

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Manila Street Vendor
Manila
By Ralf Falbe
13 Jun 2016

On Roxas Boulevard in Manila, Philippines, homeless people live on the street next to vendors.

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Philippines GoGo Bar
Puerto Galera
By Ralf Falbe
06 Jun 2016

Young women working in a GoGo Bar, Puerto Galera, Philippines.

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Kawayan Boys
Bacolod
By Ralf Falbe
02 Jun 2016

A wild bunch of Tricycle Drivers is living in their vehicels in front of the Bacolod Pension in Bacolod, Negros, Philippines. Some are just back from Jail, some are smoking shabu and all are tattooed. They call themselves KAWAYAN BOYS and live in their gang like a family.

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Kawayan Boys
Bacolod
By Ralf Falbe
02 Jun 2016

In front of the Bacolod Pension in Negros, Philippines, a wild bunch of cyclo drivers is living in their vehicles. They call themselves "Kawayan Boys" and are living like a family in their gang. Some are back from jail, some are smoking shabu and all are tattooed.

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Fishermen
Roxas
By Ralf Falbe
02 Jun 2016

Fishermen with their raft passing the river in Roxas, Panay, Philippines.

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Twin Lakes National Park
Negros
By Ralf Falbe
31 May 2016

Hikers in the Twin Lakes National Park, Negros, Philippines.

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Siquijor Island
Siquijor Island
By Ralf Falbe
05 Mar 2016

Paddling a Banca Boat at sunset, Siquijor Island, Philippines.

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Cloud 9 Surfer
Siargao Island
By Ralf Falbe
19 Feb 2016

Surfer at Cloud 9 Resort, Siargao Island, Philippines.

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Surfing in the Phillipines
Siargao Island
By Ralf Falbe
18 Feb 2016

Surfer is entering the famous spot called Cloud 9 on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

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Filipino Students
Surigao
By Ralf Falbe
17 Feb 2016

Female students stroll along a street in Surigao, Mindanao, Philippines.

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German Doctors Provide Free Treatment
Mindanao
By Ralf Falbe
15 Feb 2016

Hilltribe people get free medical treatment in the hospital of the German Doctors in Valencia, Mindanao, Philippines.

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German Doctors Hospital
Mindanao
By Ralf Falbe
15 Feb 2016

Desperate Grandmother with a sick child seeks help at the Hospital of the German Doctors in Valencia, Mindanao, Philippines. The NGO offers free medical treatment for poor hill tribe people.

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Malaybalay Street Scene
Mindanao
By Ralf Falbe
15 Feb 2016

Street scene in the town of Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines.

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Slum Dogs in Shanty Town
Cebu City
By Ralf Falbe
12 Feb 2016

Friends in a shanty town in Cebu City, Philippines. Documentary for the NGO German Doctors.

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Filipino
Cebu City
By Ralf Falbe
12 Feb 2016

Filipino man with his arm raised in Cebu City. Here the locals are getting free medical treatment once a week by the NGO German Doctors and Filipino Volunteers.

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Guns`N Kids
Cebu City
By Ralf Falbe
12 Feb 2016

Young girl plays with a plastic toy gun in a village near Cebu City, Philippines.

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Children of a Philippines Slum
Cebu City
By Ralf Falbe
12 Feb 2016

Children in a Shanty Town in Cebu City, Philippines. The NGO German Doctors offers free medical treatment to the people here.

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German Doctors NGO
Cebu City
By Ralf Falbe
12 Feb 2016

A Filipina volunteer nurse works with the NGO German Doctors to provide free medical treatment in a village of trash collectors near Cebu City in the Philippines.

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German Doctors Hospital
Cebu City
By Ralf Falbe
12 Feb 2016

A nurse examines a child at the German Doctors Hospital in Cebu City, Philippines. The NGO German Doctors offers free medical treatment to the city's slum dwellers.

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Homeless Children in Shanty Town
Cebu City
By Ralf Falbe
11 Feb 2016

Homeless children play with an umbrella, while their parents wait for a free consultation with doctors in Cebu City, Philippines. Homeless people live in the tombs at the Chinese cemetery and get free medical treatment once a week provided by the German Doctors and Filipino volunteers.

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Chinese Cemetery
Cebu City
By Ralf Falbe
11 Feb 2016

Chinese cemetery in Cebu City, Philippines

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Beirut Scenic and Street Shots
Beirut, Lebanon
By mchreyteh
05 Feb 2016

Various shots of Beirut streets, people using smart phones and walking in Beirut Souks shopping center.

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Mad Monks Band Concert
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
22 Dec 2015

Concert Photography - Ska Band "Mad Monks" performs live in Hamburg, Germany.

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Slime
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
22 Dec 2015

Singer Dirk Jora of the German Punk Band Slime performs at the club Fabrik in Hamburg, Germany.

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Pothead
Groningen
By Ralf Falbe
07 Nov 2015

Marijuana smoker wearing a gas mask in Groningen, Holland.

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Close encounter with a Moscow squirre...
Moscow
By Igor Grishin
22 Aug 2015

A woman photographing a squirrel, who seems completely oblivious to the outside world, in Moscow's Gorky Park Aug. 22, 2015.

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Irish Man at Music Festival
Dublin, Ireland
By Ralf Falbe
02 Aug 2015

Fans celebrate the music and sports events during the Rock´n Roll Dublin Halfmarathon 2015 at the Finish in the Phönix Park, Ireland.

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Mud Surfing During Heavy Metal Festival
Wacken
By Ralf Falbe
31 Jul 2015

Female Metalhead surfs in the mud after 3 days of rain on the area during the Heavy Metal Festival "Wacken Open Air 2015" in Wacken, North Germany. Wacken O. A. is one of the biggest Heavy Metal events in the world with 70.000 fans from everywhere.

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Wacken Heavy Metal
Wacken
By Ralf Falbe
31 Jul 2015

Wacken Open Air Festival 2015 near Hamburg in Germany. Attracting 70,000 vistors from all over the world, it is one of the most important Heavy Metal events in the world.

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Bangladesh's Jamdani Sari
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
08 Jul 2015

In December 2013, the Intellectual Property Association of Bangladesh (IPAB) celebrated a major success as Bangladesh's Jamdani Sari weaving tradition, a labor-intensive and time-consuming form of hand loom weaving is recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Jamdani is the finest Muslin textile produced in Bangladesh's Dhaka District.

A sari is the traditional garment worn by women in the Indian subcontinent, made up of a long strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from five to nine yards in length, which can be draped in various styles. The most common style is for the sari to be wrapped around the waist with one end then draped over the shoulders with the other. The Jamdani Sari is among the oldest styles, at more than 5,000 years old! Some people think that the sari was influenced by Greek or Roman toga, which we see on ancient statues. However, there is no solid historical evidence to this effect.

The sari is essentially designed to suit local conditions in the subcontinent. There are at least six varieties of Bengal handlooms, each deriving its name from the village in which it originated, and each with its own distinctive style. Dhaka was especially renowed for saris of fine muslin, a tradtion that carries on today. Jamdani is basically a transformation of the world famous Dhakai Muslin. According to their variety, fineness and patterns the traditional Dhakai Muslins were divided into specific categories. Among them, Aab-E-Rouhan, Shabnam, Sarband and Jamdani muslin were the most famous. Over the years the first three of these have vanished from history.

The production, marketing and export of Jamdani has somehow maintained its continuity. Dhaka has a history of only four hundred years from 1610 A.D., but the history of the cotton clothes of the region reveals more ancient traditions. Although most of the history of Jamdani weaving os lost in the mists of antiquity, it's known that trade in the fabric was established at least 2,000 years ago.

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Prizren's Dervish Fakirs: The Newroz ...
Prizren, Kosovo
By Michele Pero
08 Jul 2015

Ancient Shiite rituals were brought into the Balkans in the 15th century during the Ottoman invasion and dominion and have been kept intact up till our day, representing a parallel and very deep-rooted Islam amongst the people. In the town of Prizren in Kosovo there is the tariqa Rufai. To celebrate the Newroz, or Nevruz, the beginning of the new year which coincides with the arrival of spring, all the dervishes in the area meet up here to celebrate a propitiatory ritual. The ritual lasts five hours and is extremely exacting. The followers must go through a great test of physical and mental exertion. The dervishes pray, dance and sing and try to attain a state of trance. At the culmination of the ritual the feats of Fakirism take place. Whilst some of the dervishes play and sing, the shaikh takes long skewers and begins to pierce the mouths of the dervishes who willingly undergo this test, beginning with the children. The older dervishes, the braver and more expert, are pierced with a real sword. A blade is placed on their throat and the shaikh climbs on top of it. The ritual ends when the dervishes remove the skewers. Just a few drops of blood appear on their cheeks.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
07 Jul 2015

A Bangladeshi weaver designs a Jamdani Sari in the village of Rupganj Thana in the outskirts of Dhaka.

Jamdani is the finest Muslin textile produced in Bangladesh's Dhaka District. This time consuming and labor-intensive form of hand loom weaving has been declared intagible cultural world heritage by UNESCO.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
07 Jul 2015

A Bangladeshi weaver designs a Jamdani Sari in the village of Rupganj Thana in the outskirts of Dhaka.

Jamdani is the finest Muslin textile produced in Bangladesh's Dhaka District. This time consuming and labor-intensive form of hand loom weaving has been declared intagible cultural world heritage by UNESCO.

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Jamdani Sari 03
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
07 Jul 2015

A Bangladeshi weaver designs a Jamdani Sari in the village of Rupganj Thana in the outskirts of Dhaka.

Jamdani is the finest Muslin textile produced in Bangladesh's Dhaka District. This time consuming and labor-intensive form of hand loom weaving has been declared intagible cultural world heritage by UNESCO.

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Jamdani Sari 04
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
07 Jul 2015

A Bangladeshi weaver designs a Jamdani Sari in the village of Rupganj Thana in the outskirts of Dhaka.

Jamdani is the finest Muslin textile produced in Bangladesh's Dhaka District. This time consuming and labor-intensive form of hand loom weaving has been declared intagible cultural world heritage by UNESCO.

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Jamdani Sari 05
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
07 Jul 2015

Portrait of a Bangladeshi weaver of Jamdani Saris in the village of Rupganj Thana in the outskirts of Dhaka.

Jamdani is the finest Muslin textile produced in Bangladesh's Dhaka District. This time consuming and labor-intensive form of hand loom weaving has been declared intagible cultural world heritage by UNESCO.