Lens on Life – Egypt (1989 – maybe my first good photo)

Cairo, Egypt (1989) – This may be the first really good photo I ever took – in the Coptic Christian quarter of Cairo, Egypt, in 1989. It’s also one of the most popular images in my Global Photo Archive, and I’ve used it in teaching to illustrate themes of poverty and structural violence. In the composition you can already see my curiosity about pushing the subject to the margin of the frame, so you’re kind of sent spinning down a dusty alley before you find your visual anchor in the boy and his special toy. It lends a kind of dynamism and vertigo to the proceedings, and I employ it regularly.

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