Posts Tagged ‘Cairo’

Tearsheet – Le Monde Magazine

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

 

My agency, Panos Pictures just sent through a recent tearsheet from the magazine of Le Monde – M that featured five stock images of mine on a piece about the Cafe Riche in Cairo. Sadly however, I just learned that the café is currently closed – perhaps permanently – because the manager and co-owner Magdy Abdel-Malak passed away on 2 May.

I made my original story – about the Cairo Ahwas a couple of years ago (the original tearsheet from the German Effilee Magazine is here) writing about the changing political significance of these cafés during the recent uprisings.

Always nice to have something like this re-used, especially in the context of somewhere as historically significant as the Riche – but that is tempered by the uncertainty of its future.

 

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Tearsheet – The Ahwas of Cairo

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

 

Here is a recent tearsheet from the wonderful Effilee Magazine for whom I wrote and photographed a really unusual piece about the Ahwas (coffeehouses) of Cairo. I wanted to write about the situation in Egypt without watching people fighting and using the prism of the Ahwas allowed me to examine protest and the way that the Revolution has evolved through them. The piece is an historical look at the heritage of the coffee houses and their resurgence after years of political repression. Under Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak, dissent and free thought were controlled. Networks of informers and secret policemen used cafes as an access point to the Arab Street. Novelists and poets like Naguib Mafouz still patronised them but had to write and speak in metaphor. Despite this coffeehouses had and continue to hold a significant rôle in Arab (and specifically) Egyptian literature and culture.
The Revolution of 2011 was sparked at least in part by the killing of a young man by the security forces outside an Ahwa that was used as an internet cafe. The cafes have become political again and, in this work, I’ve tried to explore the downtown splendour of the Art Nouveau, Cafe Riche that is home to a new generation of political activists, the street cafes of the Bourse (Cairo’s Left Bank during the Revolution) as well as a survey of Ahwas less well known – simple backstreet cafes and those of the Zaballeen (the Christian minority). Interviews include (amongst others) political commentator and Booker Prize nominated novelist Ahdaf Soueif, Arab Booker nominee (also head of Al-Dar publishing house) and flâneur Makkawi Said and Max Rodenbeck, the Economist’s correspondent and author of the encyclopaedic, ‘Cairo, the City Victorious’. Currently, a new Egyptian soap opera called Coffee Shop is attracting very negative attention from Egypt’s secularists about the way women are (or actually not) portrayed within the programme. The debate goes to the heart of what society was being created under the Morsi government.

Here’s the tearsheet:

 

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The girl at the Mosque

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

A third image from Cairo

 

Egypt - Cairo - A young woman wearing a headscarf in the courtyard of the Ibn Tulun Mosque

Egypt – Cairo – A young woman wearing a headscarf in the courtyard of the Ibn Tulun Mosque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The boy with the facepack

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Amazing what you find walking the streets of Cairo (my new favourite city I think)…

 

 

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Egypt – Cairo – A young man smokes a shisha pipe outside an ahwa (coffeehouse) whilst wearing a facepack to look his best for his wedding later that evening

 

Football in the City of the Dead

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Wandering in Cairo on assignment…

 

Egypt - Cairo - Boys play football in an alleyway in the Northern Cemetery known as the City of the Dead

Egypt – Cairo – Boys play football in an alleyway in the Northern Cemetery known as the City of the Dead

No you won’t fool the Children of the Revolution

Monday, January 28th, 2013

On assignment in Cairo. Interesting days…

 

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Egypt – Cairo – A young demonstrator atop a statue beckons for his friends to join him in protest against the Egyptian government