Lately I also photographed the Egyptian parliamentary elections.
Egypt is a country that comes alive after the sun sets and heat dissipates. So, much of the political action happens at night and drags on till the sun rises.
These are a set of images from a couple of long nights starting with the political wrangling during the latest dust-up over Gamal Mubarak supporter’s posters in Cairo. The this latest week when the Al-Ghad party voted to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections.
While newspapers gloss over the complex back-stabbing within the opposition parties proponents of a vibrant democracy have only these very flawed humans to put their hope in.
Some of the images are from Ayman Nour’s Al-Ghad Party and it’s internal wrangling for legitimacy against a splinter group. They will be holding elections for party president along side the splinter group on August 6th. Other photos are from a political rally held at a Muslim Brotherhood center in Fayum.
The rally in Fayum, Egypt was against the Gamal and Hosni Mubarak in Egypts upcoming presidential election. The rally was attended by a wide array of representatives from political parties, including Al-Ghad, Kyfaya, The Muslim Brotherhood, Karama, and the Egyptian Socialist Party. At this meeting the Al-Ghad party premiered their new posters with a slogan “Gamal, Egypt is too big for you.”
The street scene from above was shot while the Al-Ghad party was voting to boycott the parliamentary election. As I watched inside the room, these men and women reminded me of Jazz players in a smokey bar, playing out their obscure hobby as a few people looking for stimulation watch. What they were doing in that room was so separate from the life outside.