A view of apartment blocks without electricity in a neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. 2013.
The streets of Aleppo -- a city of approximately 3 million before the war -- seem desolate at night. Opposition-held areas change from mostly bustling middle class neighborhoods, to a series of empty boulevards and silent buildings. Look hard enough and the destruction of the city becomes apparent in the darkness. Climb high enough and the disparity between government and opposition-held neighborhoods become apparent: the government side is gleaming with lights from buildings and street lamps. A military hospital there, a government building there. A main square there. The opposition side has paid dearly for their revolt: death, destruction, and rarely any electricity. Only recently have the lights come back on in some neighborhoods where the locals were able to patch their own electricity together.
The aim of these photos was to convey the accessible parts of the city when night fell. Electricity had been out to most of the opposition areas wedged in an uneasy patchwork between government and rebel neighborhoods for nearly seven months by the time these photos were taken. The indiscriminate shelling from the ground and sky, the invisible snipers--the physical war-- along with the psychological war or this conflict have caused immeasurable damage and has exacted a heavy toll on one of Syria's most important, historic cities and its population. Between 13-15,000 people are estimated to have died in Aleppo (civilians and combatants combined) and countless homes and shops have been lost. Yet the city still endures, often quietly.