Goodnight Raleigh - a look at the art, architecture, history, and people of the city at night

John Morris – Publisher Emeritus

“I first started taking photos of Raleigh at night seven years ago, when I moved here from Asheville. I was initially disappointed at the apparent lack of a thriving downtown scene here. The years went by and I found myself there more and more at night, taking more photos along the way. In the summer of 2007, I decided to start a blog to show what Raleigh was transforming into.”

After 9 years, I have now since moved on from Raleigh. Goodnight Raleigh is now in the talented and experienced hands of Raleigh Boy, Bryan Regan, and Ian F.G. Dunn. My new project also focuses on urban life: Chicago Patterns.

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I enjoy looking at this site and reading about the subject in your pics. I was wondering if you could tell me what type of camera you use to capture such great images at night?


John —

What a fabulous photo of Small Paul at The Mecca! Thank you so much! Not shockingly, I lost your email address within hours, but here is mine. Would you be able to send me a copy of the pic?

Thank you again for a wonderful memory,

Leslie S. Dombalis



Ran into you and your possee at Slims on friday night.. It was Very nice to meet you..would be neat to run into you again sometime.. Wouldn’t mind gettin a copy of some of those pics ya’ll took if ya get around to it.

Take care..and i love the website..very interesting.


Hi, we also saw y’all at Slim’s (1/29) and would love to get some of those pics of Maria and I playing (ILLICITIZEN). Thanks!

Pascal Monmoine

Dear John:

I just wanted to command you on the fantastic quality and professionalism of your photos!… Truly great work!

Very Sincerely,


Gregorio Sáenz

Hi, i still work on a architecture exposition of youngs architects and this year the expo is an homage to Eduardo Catalano and i need some pictures in hig definition of the Raleigh house or your photo of Catalano drive if you could, im working for the National Academy of fine arts, thanks


dear john,
ive been exploring raleigh for the last few years- THANKYOU for making this blog. its beautiful.I have some spots you may like to hear about… email me if your interested:)

Paul Mecca

Hey John,

Do you have an adress for Mecca Restaraunt. I have lay overs at the airport frequently and I would like to go there on a layover sometime.
As you can imagine I have an interest in going.

Thnak You,

Paul Mecca

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