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Cairo Photo Week : a photographer’s place to be

The Egyptian capital is all dressed up since yesterday to receive the second edition of its international festival of photography, created last year and called Cairo Photo Week. The opportunity to highlight many young talents of the country, and, more broadly, the whole region.

 

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Cairo’s art galleries have put on their best clothes to receive the cream of the Middle East’s photography. In total, since yesterday and until March 20, no less than 11 exhibitions bringing together about a hundred photographers will take place in the Egyptian capital, as well as many workshops and discussion groups, some of which will be led by big names in photography such as American award-winner Maggie Steber.

With a program that is far more packed than the first edition – which took place in 2018, with the 2019 edition cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic – photo aficionados need not worry. The event, organized by the highly regarded Cairo photography school Photopia, is held in prestigious venues, including the newly reopened Rawabet Theatre, a leading art space in the Egyptian capital.

 

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A festival focused on networking

Determined to support the arts sector, “The festival will consist of 70% learning and 30% exhibitions, open studios, photography services and networking events with local, regional and international speakers and exhibitors presenting the various workshops,” Marwa Abou Leila, co-founder and managing partner of Photopia, tells The National. This will allow all these young artists to approach 2021 in the best possible conditions.

 

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A variety of themes

Among the many thematic exhibitions expected during the decade, the themes are varied, from fashion to food, through photojournalism and documentaries. For example, an exhibition entitled Photo Kegham of Gaza: Unboxing particularly caught our attention as it presents archival photos of the Gaza Strip, some of which date back to the 1800s.

It is worth noting that in view of the current health situation, which is still unstable in many countries of the world, a digital pass is available to Internet users to visit the many spaces from their homes.