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Baku's Last Tram

Azerbaijani photographer Mirnaib Hasanoglu shot this photo essay in 2002 during a master class in Baku with Josef Koudelka, a Czech member of the Magnum photo agency. Hasanoglu explains: "Josef advised me to create a photo story about the trams of Baku. I worked on it for a week. Unfortunately -- or one could say luckily, from a news perspective -- just two days after the master class ended, all tram service stopped in Baku. The Baku trams, which survived two oil booms in Azerbaijan, could not survive a third. So this environmentally friendly transportation was put on the shelf of history. That's why I called this photo story 'The Last Tram.'"