Archive for January, 2017

Photo Organization

The organization of the images is, so far, quite lacking. Tags and dates will be updated so that they can better be used to search the images, but tagging is even more tedious than selecting and uploading images, so this will take some time.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Photo Quality

The photo quality on the revolution files is quite diverse. In some cases, especially on the first days of the protests, I didn’t take my DSLR along, so for those days, most of the shots were taken with what I had with me at the time, an early generation iPhone. The quality suffers in those photos, but they’re still quite important because they capture, for example, some of the moments from the 28th of January, when popular masses descended en masse to join our protests, and finally, we became (at least for a while..) unstoppable.

All such photos are free to use, the only requirement being that you give proper credit where possible, and a link back here to this site would be appreciated.

Launching The Revolution Files

On the 25th of January, 2011, I took to the streets of Cairo with some friends. We joined the protests that would eventually grow into the Egyptian Revolution. First, we were tear-gassed, then shot at it with shotguns, and eventually with live rounds. We faced tanks, thugs, and security forces, both civilian and military. The battle that we began against Mubarak turned into a battle against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that followed him and, soon, turned into a battle against the Muslim Brotherhood who, in the long run, paved the way for a return to military rule in Egypt. In the years of 2011, 2012, and 2013, many of us were on the streets of Egypt, still full of hope and optimism, still risking our lives almost every day in the hope that we’ll be able to set Egypt on the path towards social justice. Millions of us had found each otherĀ and had found hope, and we did everything we could to keep a simple dream alive; to live with freedom and dignity, and to know choice.

For three years, we battled, I couldn’t always take photos because I often prioritized participation over recording, but I still managed to capture hundreds of moments.

This site is my photographic record of those three years.

What we saw when Tahrir was at its best, and what we experienced in the square not just as friends, but as allies, was beautiful. It’s something we can never be made to forget.

We know that underneath all the stupid tides, and all these ugly maneuvers, there is gold.