I arrived in Tanger, Morocco, this afternoon, to continue working on my Mediterranean project. From here I will follow the coast eastwards, via the Spanish territories Ceuta and Melilla, to finish in the city of Oujda near the Algerian border in two weeks.
From the airplane window I had a wonderfull view on the Strait of Gibraltar and the ‘Pillars of Hercules’. Old Tanger is overwhelming at first sight. Lively, shabby, inspiring. I think I’ll need a day to get acclimatized to the north African way of life.110105_Tanger_194
The Gran Teatro de Cervantes is a remnant of the days when Spaniards formed the largest non-Moroccan community in Tanger. It opened its doors in 1913 and was very popular between the two world wars. Today nobody seems to care about it. It’s sad to see such an architectural pearl die. I climbed up a roof to make this photograph.

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Nick Hannes (°1974) is a photographer based in Antwerp, Belgium. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts KASK in Ghent, he worked for various media in Belgium and The Netherlands. Meanwhile he reported on social and political issues in the Balkans and the Middle East. In 2009 his first book ‘Red Journey’, a documentary about transition in the 15 former Soviet republics, was published by Lannoo. 'Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man', a documentary portrait of the Mediterranean region, follows in 2014. His latest book is 'Garden of Delight', a series that won the Magnum Photography Award 2017 and the Zeiss Photography Award 2018. Since 2008 Nick teaches documentary photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK/School of Arts) in Ghent. He is represented by Panos Pictures (London).
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