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This photo won't receive an award for best composition, and maybe it's not really a postcard, but I post it to show a glimpse of the old centre of Mosul, soon to be dragged into the battle between Iraqi government troops and the ruthless killers calling themselves the "Islamic State".

The Iraqi offensive to liberate Mosul from the IS, or Daesh, has been going on for two months but has not yet reached the central parts of the city. But sooner or later the army or its allied militias are bound to reach this street, where they may meet snipers hidden on one of these balconies or a suicide bomber somewhere in that alley behind the grocer's small stall.

I took this photo in July 1970, on my first journey outside Europe. This picture is almost unique, because I actually remember taking it, more than 46 years ago. I remember my satisfaction at being brave enough to take a photo like this without asking for permission. It was one of my first "street shots", but it was to be followed by many others.

It's not in any way a great photo, rather a typical "nothing special" shot, but I think it's quite all right for being a scan of a slide taken almost half a century ago. I think the film I used was an Agfa color CT18.

Here is a larger version.

As a workshop I will include a more touristic photo from Mosul which I have already shown here years ago.

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