The story however is less photography and more reality where women are concerned. Just when it seemed difficult to get a handle on what’s really happening in the world, a woman comes along and adds perspective to an impossible situation. We don’t normally get political here at Gia On The Move, but it’s important to “keep it real”:
French photographer of Egyptian origins, Myriam Abdelaziz was born in Cairo, a city that would later be home to the Revolution of 25 of January in 2011. The Revolution was a diverse movement of demonstrations, marches, plaza occupations, riots, non-violent civil resistance, acts of civil disobedience, and labor strikes, with millions of protesters from all walks of life demanding the overthrow of the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Since that time, control of Egypt has gone back and forth between different groups; most recently on 3 July 2012, a coup d’Etat lead by Minister of Defense General Abdel Fattah El-Sissi reinstated power to a government of military rule. Under the military, many things have changed, not the least of which is life a palpable paranoia of photographers and journalists.
For Abdelaziz, who resides in Cairo, life is no longer the same. She speaks to The Click about what it is like to be a woman—and a photographer—on the streets of Cairo today. Read the story and view more of Myriam’s photos at THE CLICK.