Photographer's Note


The wealthy sit in cafes, those who have a little cash go to the beach, and those who do not have a penny to their name – lay on a mattress in the doorway of their house and watch the passersby. 'The day passes here as if you were in jail - you sleep, eat a little, and go back to sleep. Who would ever believe that once upon a time the guys would organize a party with dancers?'

“The young people in Gaza not only do not have a night life, they have no life at all. They have nothing to dream about, and the entire day is centered on the nargilah (water pipe) and sleep,” according to 24 year-old Ahmed, describing the dullness of everyday life in the Gaza Strip. Ahmed estimated that the majority of young people in Gaza are unemployed “and without money you cannot talk about recreation or enjoyment, even if it is here in Gaza.”

Ahmed studied engineering in Egypt and Gaza, but his dreams of joining a construction company or setting up his own business collapsed with the latest upheaval. “The days pass as if you were in jail - you sleep, eat a little, and go back to sleep. At night, if you have a few liras, you can go to a café to smoke a nargilah. It has already been nine days since I have done anything. I just sleep.”

(...taken from an article written by Ali Waked, in August 2007, for an israeli news portal...)

...taken in a nargilah cafe in tophane neighbourhood of istanbul, on a cold saturday night in april...

...the workshop is for the ones who did not like the tobacco tones here...

(soğuk bir cumartesi gecesi, tophane'deki nargile cafelerden birinde çekildi.)

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