Reflections on Cairo’s Weeks of Protest

It’s been some time, I know. I won’t get into explanations now but suffice it to say it’s been a very productive few months during which my energies were focused on issues outside of actual picture taking. I’ve been writing a lot, reflecting on South Sudan and what it meant and focusing on what lies ahead. Perhaps most importantly, I have been reconnecting with my family and friends after several years away. I will soon be settled in Nairobi where I’ll be based for the foreseeable future. I look forward to sharing thoughts and reflections on the issues I intend to explore from there.

For the moment I am in Cairo covering this period of unrest surrounding the draft constitution. Below is a short piece in which I share a few photos and some reflections of what the week has been like. More soon.

Muller/Prime Egypt Protest Soundslide from Pete Muller on Vimeo.

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For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by stories. Through much of my life, I satisfied this interest with the study of history. The topics of war, uprising, social movements and sexuality defined my course of historical study and generated a deep curiosity in the modern aspects of these issues. While the past enthralls me, my interest in creating modern primary documents ultimately won out. Since 2005, I have worked to document the individual consequences of war, poverty and social unrest. Through a combination of photography, text, and audio recordings, I hope to illustrate broader issues through individual stories. I aim to create images and material that demand consideration for the lives of those depicted. I believe that intimate, sensitive photographs leave indelible marks on the conscience and actively oppose the sterilization of human suffering.

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