Muslim Brotherhood | Khairat al-Shater

Posted: May 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Egypt, Film, Leica

It is only because of the recent election in Egypt and the preceding disqualification of the leading candidates that I discovered whom it was that I had photographed behind the stage at Tahrir Square in Cairo.

It had been two weeks after Mubarak had fell, the second Friday, a day full of celebrations and protests, the nation and the city still full of hope.

I had forced my way backstage to shoot some high level photos of Tahrir Square and some of the presenters. Al-Shater then appeared, due to speak later in the day. The crush around him was madding. I managed to only get this photo before opting for more breathing space.

For more on Khairat al-Shater, click here.

Khairat al-Shater, Muslim Brotherhood, Tahrir Square, Feb 2011, Cairoi; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X  © Doug Kim

Khairat al-Shater, Muslim Brotherhood, Tahrir Square, Feb 2011, Cairoi; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


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Egypt, Alexandria | Misc Images

Posted: April 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Egypt, Film, Leica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Egypt, Alexandria | Muharram Bey

Posted: April 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Egypt, Film, Leica

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Muharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X


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Egypt, Cairo | The Bakery

Posted: April 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Egypt, Film, Leica

I was lost in a neighborhood in the eastern part of Cairo. I had entered this warren of tiny dirt floored alleys and was wandering and unable to find my way out. I started to walk down an dead end when I saw this boy bringing out freshly baked bread.

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 bakery was old and deep inside this cavernous building, the maw of the oven casting an unbelievable amount of heat into the room. It was February and though the hottest part of the oven was deeply recessed, the heat it threw out hit like a laser. I could not imagine working there during the height of summer.

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

These flat circles of dough would be slid into the oven and after a minute on each side, it would turn into this pillow of bread, soft and flaky. I ate one hot, straight from the oven, the men and boys standing around and watching my reaction.

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

Bread is a vital part of the daily life and routine of Egyptians that when the price of bread soared in 2008 as the economy was tanking, people rioted. Then President Mubarak ordered the military to open their bakeries to the public to appease the masses. There have been many bread riots in recent history but none as important and as far reaching as the Bread Riot of 1977.

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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Egypt, Alexandria | Mostashfa Hessian

Posted: April 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Egypt, Film, Leica

Stumbled upon a demonstration at the Mostashfa Hessian Hospital in Alexandria. These protesters were doctors and nurses at the hospital demanding the removal of the hospital administrator. Again, they asked if I was a photojournalist and when I said I wasn’t, they let me shoot.

You can see clearly that the women wear lots of heavy eye liner. Egypt is where black eye kohl was invented. It is so blazingly bright there in the desert that the eye liner functions much like the greasepaint under the eyes of football players.

Mostashfa Hessian, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Mostashfa Hessian, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Mostashfa Hessian, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Mostashfa Hessian, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Mostashfa Hessian, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Mostashfa Hessian, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Mostashfa Hessian, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Mostashfa Hessian, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Mostashfa Hessian, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Mostashfa Hessian, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X


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Egypt | QKom al-Dik, Alexandria

Posted: April 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Egypt, Film, Leica

This neighborhood’s name is associated with the massive archeological excavation uncovering Roman baths but it is also a normal residential neighborhood atop a somewhat hidden hill in the middle of Alexandria. I stumbled upon this neighborhood, was captivated by the friendliness in this warren of streets and then spent about two hours trying to get out of this hood and back into paved Alexandria proper.

Along the way, I found this gang of kids and their game of marbles. After the initial shock of seeing me in the street in front of their homes, they quickly got back to the business of play and ignored me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Egypt, Alexandria | Souq Ibrahimiyya

Posted: April 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Egypt, Film, Leica

There are several souqs in Alexandria, some of the famous, many of them catering to tourists. The only one I was able to explore was souq ibrahmiyya, near the Misr station. It is a food market and since this was Alexandria, featured lots of fresh seafood.

The friend I had made in Alexandria was a bit put out as I decided to go here and he spent the whole time watching where he was stepping to save his shoes. There ground was more liquid than solid with noxious fumes arising from the soup at our feet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wherever you are in Egypt, you can have the local cafe deliver tea to you at most any time of the day. Not all of the delivery guys are so friendly and expansive as this one was.

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

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


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Egypt | Giza

Posted: April 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Egypt, Film, Leica

There is one great advantage to going to such famed tourist destinations such as the Great Pyramids in Giza during a revolution: no lines. The driver I had this day was stunned at the complete lack of any lines. “You have to understand,” he said. “It normally takes an hour and a half just to drive here and about an hour to enter the pyramids.”

It’s like going to Disneyland and finding only ten other people in attendance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Egypt | The Train from Cairo to Alexandria

Posted: April 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Egypt, Film, Leica

I love trains and trains stations. I cannot stop shooting the same shots again and again in different stations, the shots down the length of the station, the strong diagonals converging on the vanishing point, the structural web of girders and beams above and the strong directional light. Just simply love it.

Ramses station in Cairo is currently under construction and is a mess. If it wasn’t for a helpful local, I never would have found the ticket office nor my platform, there being no signs even in arabic and the office was in a temporary spot. Misr station in Alexandria is a great open air space with a couple of cafes. I could have spend a day there comfortably.

I took the train from Cairo to Alexandria and back again. One of the rides was on a pretty clean train with good air conditioning which would be a vital modcon in the summer months. The other train was a relic from the British Colonial period and had a good amount of the Egyptian desert within its walls. I’m sure that train travel in general in Egypt has not changed much since T.E. Lawrence’s time.

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

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

 

You cannot smoke on these trains. That just means that you can open up the doors while the train is moving to smoke.

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

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

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

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

 

This is the Ramses station, the less charming chaotic stop on the line.

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

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

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

 

The beautiful Misr station with its clean classic lines.

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

 

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

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

Egyptian men are of average height, but when they big, they are hulks. This guy that I met on the train was one such giant, gentle and well over six feet.

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

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


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Egypt, Alexandria | The Corniche

Posted: April 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Egypt, Film, History, Leica

Alexandria is a stunning city and because of its layout, hard to encompass the its scale and sweep. It can feel like a provincial Mediterranean city at times with its fashionable boutiques and endless array of cafes. The French and Italian influence are strong here. In temperament, it is much more progressive and cosmopolitan than Cairo.

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

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

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

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

So much history has walked the shoreline here. Alexander the Great founded the city in 331 BC, the Greek architect Dinocrates receiving this project. Julius Caeser, Hadrian, Cleopatra, Napoleon; these are just some of the giants who have made their mark on this city.

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

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

The Italian architect Pietro Avoscani designed the Corniche, the promenade that runs the length of the waterfront. The seawall is build of these massive concrete blocks with rebar handles sticking out of them, most likely for the crane used in their original placement. The blocks and their handles give the feeling that the sea wall is nothing but the flotsam from some giant’s toy chest as the scale of these blocks is ginormous.

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

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

There are walkways underneath the actual shoreline road which I strongly recommend because there are not traffic lights on this thoroughfare for long stretches. And at night for some reason, most drivers choose not to turn on their headlights.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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