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This is another picture from my first journey to the Middle East, in 1970. It is not a great photo, just a snapshot of people and cars in the centre of Baghdad. But by showing a Baghdad that hardly exists any more, it has a certain historic value, I believe.
This is a corner of what was Baghdad's main street in those days, Rashid Street. The sun is setting and the temperature has probably fallen to below 40° Celsius. It's mid-July and exactly two years earlier Saddam Hussein took power, although for the time being as a discreet vice-president.
According to what I have learnt through internet the growth of Baghdad, demographic changes and years of conflict have made Rashid Street a kind of "no go-area", with not much left of the shops, restaurants, cafés and cinemas that attracted large crowds in 1970.
This picture was taken with a very simple camera and is scanned from an Agfa Color slide. I have tried my best to clean it from noise, but careful viewers will no doubt find technical shortcomings. Be my guest.

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