Egypt in the Sadat Years
54 images Created 8 Jul 2012
I lived in Cairo, Egypt, in the 1970s, endlessly fascinated by the Mamluk architecture (13th - 15th centuries), the complex social hierarchies expressed in peoples’ behaviors, and horseback riding across the desert around the pyramids at Giza and Saqqara. I bulk-loaded Tri-X film in my Canon F1 camera, wandered around in a blak galabeyya and veil, against which the black-bodied camera was not conspicuous, and made endless exposures which I developed in the pantry of the villa where we lived. I’ve scanned those old negatives, developing Photoshop techniques to remove the dust spots and scratches and to minimize the ferocious Tri-X grain. Here’s a core selection from I saw in Egypt during the Sadat years. They are available as RF stock downloads, fine art exhibition prints, or cards. Click on any image you'd like to examine more closely.