Egypt | Cairo, The Coptic Quarter

Posted: April 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Egypt, Film, Leica

Just a smattering of shots from the Coptic Quarter, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Cairo. There are some amazing sights and buildings there: the hanging church, Babylon Fortress, Greek Church of St. George and a couple of spectacular cemetaries. Of course, I had no interest in old ass buildings.

Send me down any side street and I am happy.

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

 

Coptic Christian girls.

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

 

This was Ishmael. I met him right outside the Coptic Quarter historical district. His wife had just given birth to a daughter a few days ago and he was exhausted from the lack of sleep and the worry about his future. With no tourists coming into the country and the nation in such turmoil, he did not know how he was going to provide for his family.

His English was excellent but he couldn’t write it so I helped compose a letter for him to his friend in Australia, announcing the birth of his daughter. He bought me a shai and we spent the afternoon, looking at girls walk by in the sun.

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X


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