Egyptian-Canadian living in Las Vegas. In November 2010, I visited my native land for just the second time in the 45 years since my family immigrated to Montreal.
It was a momentous trip, traveling up and down the Nile to reacquaint with my rich heritage, enjoying the legendary kindness of the people, their whimsy and resilience, beauty and hardship. I felt the warmth and frustration all at once. There was tension in the air, but few foresaw the astonishing revolution that would occur only a few weeks later.
In my photographs, I attempt to reflect the inherent paradox of contemporary Egypt – a freethinking society caught in the jaws of repression, the cradle of civilization entrenched in the past and longing for a brighter future.
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