EGYPTIAN PRIVILEGES
Egypt, 2012-2013.


You will not meet them walking on the streets of Cairo but rather playing tennis or swimming in private sporting clubs, studying in private universities, relaxing in beach houses on the Northern Coast of Egypt. They speak English fluently, and more often than not, French. They live in affluent districts of Cairo such as Zamalek, Mohandissin, Heliopolis or Ma'adi and generally work in the upper segments of the labour market. They are the privileged Egyptian people living the social exclusivity and selectiveness of the country, all assumed to be of a similar cultural level, observing a shared code of 'inter-gendered' sociability and decency. This is a sensitive role to play in such a divided country, where the deep class division and the gap between social classes were unmasked by the revolution in 2011, and in which political Islam just won --in the first runoff after decades-- against the leadership of the past. 

Egypt / North Coast, Long Beach Compound / 1.8.2012 / Children play in their family beach-house in the North Coast of Egypt, where a lot of compounds were built like little villages along the coast. August 1st, 2012. Egypt.

Egypt / North Coast, Long Beach Compound / 1.8.2012 / Children play in their family beach-house in the North Coast of Egypt, where a lot of compounds were built like little villages along the coast. August 1st, 2012. Egypt.


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Egypt / Cairo / 29.7.2012 / A golf bag in the middle of the green. Cairo, Egypt. 2012.
Egypt / Cairo / 29.7.2012 / A golf bag in the middle of the green. Cairo, Egypt. 2012.

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Egypt / Cairo / 26.7.2012 / Mohamed Hamed looks at his father’s portrait in his apartment in Cairo. Mohamed, 84 years old, is a descendent of a four-generation doctors’ family and is himself a cardiologist. In 2011, he publis

Egypt / Cairo / 26.7.2012 / Mohamed Hamed looks at his father’s portrait in his apartment in Cairo. Mohamed, 84 years old, is a descendent of a four-generation doctors’ family and is himself a cardiologist. In 2011, he published the “Meaning of the Holy Qur’an”, an accurate translation of the Koran that his father had started. July 27th, 2012. Cairo, Egypt.


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Egypt / North Coast, Long Beach Compound / 1.8.2012 / Ashnadelle speaks with her nephews as they play in the swimming pool at the beach-house on the North Coast. Egypt. August 2012.
Egypt / North Coast, Long Beach Compound / 1.8.2012 / Ashnadelle speaks with her nephews as they play in the swimming pool at the beach-house on the North Coast. Egypt. August 2012.

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Egypt / North Coast, Long Beach Compound / 1.8.2012 / Maya, 8 years old, in the girls’ room in her family’s beach-house on the North Coast. August 2012, Egypt.
Egypt / North Coast, Long Beach Compound / 1.8.2012 / Maya, 8 years old, in the girls’ room in her family’s beach-house on the North Coast. August 2012, Egypt.

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Egypt / Cairo / 12.7.2012 / Farid Eddib’s car parked just outside his house in the Manial area of Cairo. Farid, 69 years old, is the ex-president Hosni Mubarak’s lawyer. July 2012, Egypt.
Egypt / Cairo / 12.7.2012 / Farid Eddib’s car parked just outside his house in the Manial area of Cairo. Farid, 69 years old, is the ex-president Hosni Mubarak’s lawyer. July 2012, Egypt.

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Egypt / Cairo / 16.7.2012 / Ahmed Helmy, 38 years old, is an engineer and the C.E.O. of the furniture factory of his family Meuble El Chark, as was his father and grand father before him. Ahmed was educated in a French school
Egypt / Cairo / 16.7.2012 / Ahmed Helmy, 38 years old, is an engineer and the C.E.O. of the furniture factory of his family Meuble El Chark, as was his father and grand father before him. Ahmed was educated in a French school where he also studied English. He is open-minded as he is trying to use his influence in the field to improve his workers‘ life as well as to help the young generation of his country. July 2012, Egypt.

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Egypt / Cairo / 26.7.2012 / Mohamed Hamed’s ancestor in an ancient picture, on a wall of his flat. Cairo, Egypt. July 2012.
Egypt / Cairo / 26.7.2012 / Mohamed Hamed’s ancestor in an ancient picture, on a wall of his flat. Cairo, Egypt. July 2012.

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Egypt / Cairo / 12.7.2012 / Farid Eddib’s apartment. Cairo, July 2012.
Egypt / Cairo / 12.7.2012 / Farid Eddib’s apartment. Cairo, July 2012.

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Egypt / North Coast, Long Beach Compound / 1.8.2012 / Child in the family’s beach-house in the North Coast. August 2012, Egypt.
Egypt / North Coast, Long Beach Compound / 1.8.2012 / Child in the family’s beach-house in the North Coast. August 2012, Egypt.

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Egypt / North Coast, Long Beach Compound / 1.8.2012 / Dolls in the girls’ room in the Mortagy’s beach-house on the North Coast. August 2012, Egypt.
Egypt / North Coast, Long Beach Compound / 1.8.2012 / Dolls in the girls’ room in the Mortagy’s beach-house on the North Coast. August 2012, Egypt.

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Egypt / Cairo / 29.7.2012 / Amr El-Badrawy and Mohamed Mansour waits with another friend at the swimming pool for the hour of the Iftar (that literally means ‘breakfast’) to interrupt the fast of the day during Ramadan. July

Egypt / Cairo / 29.7.2012 / Amr El-Badrawy and Mohamed Mansour waits with another friend at the swimming pool for the hour of the Iftar (that literally means ‘breakfast’) to interrupt the fast of the day during Ramadan. July 2012, Cairo, Egypt.


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Egypt / Cairo / 16.7.2012 / Amr El-Badrawy, 50, in the El-Safa Hospital in Mohandissin where he used to work in the evenings. Amr is a doctor, he had his private clinic in Tahrir Square that he moved to another area of Cairo

Egypt / Cairo / 16.7.2012 / Amr El-Badrawy, 50, in the El-Safa Hospital in Mohandissin where he used to work in the evenings. Amr is a doctor, he had his private clinic in Tahrir Square that he moved to another area of Cairo due to the revolution. He feels that his life is going to be affected by the current situation in Egypt, and by the new political power. July 2012, Egypt.


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Egypt / North Coast, Long Beach Compound / 1.8.2012 / Youssef plays in the boys’ room in the Mortagy’s beach-house on the North Coast. August 2012, Egypt.
Egypt / North Coast, Long Beach Compound / 1.8.2012 / Youssef plays in the boys’ room in the Mortagy’s beach-house on the North Coast. August 2012, Egypt.

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Family’s pictures on the furniture and honors on the wall in Mohamed Hamed’s apartment in Cairo. July 2012, Egypt.

Family’s pictures on the furniture and honors on the wall in Mohamed Hamed’s apartment in Cairo. July 2012, Egypt.

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Egypt / Cairo / 12.7.2012 / Farid Eddib, 69 years old, is the ex-president Hosni Mubarak’s lawyer. He studied Law in Cairo and starts his career as a judge before becoming a lawyer. Here he is in his apartment in the Manial,
Egypt / Cairo / 12.7.2012 / Farid Eddib, 69 years old, is the ex-president Hosni Mubarak’s lawyer. He studied Law in Cairo and starts his career as a judge before becoming a lawyer. Here he is in his apartment in the Manial, an area in one of the isles of Cairo in the Nile River, smoking his favorite cigar, the Cuban Cohiba. July 2012, Egypt.

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Egypt / Cairo / 29.7.2012 / Croquet camp and Cairo’s buildings in the background. July 2012, Egypt.
Egypt / Cairo / 29.7.2012 / Croquet camp and Cairo’s buildings in the background. July 2012, Egypt.

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Egypt / Cairo / 25.7.2012 / Amr El-Badrawy with a young patient in his private clinic in Mohandissin. July 2012, Egypt.
Egypt / Cairo / 25.7.2012 / Amr El-Badrawy with a young patient in his private clinic in Mohandissin. July 2012, Egypt.

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Buildings of a luxury beach resort on the North Coast under construction. Egypt, August 2012.
Egypt / North Coast, Marina Compound / 1.8.2012 / Buildings of a luxury beach resort on the North Coast under construction. Egypt, August 2012.
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Nivanne Mortagy, 35 years old, is a business woman with two children. She speaks English fluently as do her sons (10 and 8 yo). Nivanne was against the revolution: she thinks that Egyptians were not ready for democracy, as it
Egypt / North Coast, Long Beach Compound / 1.8.2012 / Nivanne Mortagy, 35 years old, is a business woman with two children. She speaks English fluently as do her sons (10 and 8 yo). Nivanne was against the revolution: she thinks that Egyptians were not ready for democracy, as it is a long and difficult process to understand and digest. Nivanne lives in Ma’adi. August 2012, Egypt.
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Egypt / Cairo / 4.4.2012 / View of the center of the city from the Cairo Tower in Gezira. April 2012, Egypt.
Egypt / Cairo / 4.4.2012 / View of the center of the city from the Cairo Tower in Gezira. April 2012, Egypt.

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Egypt / Cairo / 16.7.2012 / Mohamed Abdel Moneim at his favorite club in Cairo, the Gezira Club in Zamalek. Mohamed worked as the chief editor of weekly magazine Rose El-Youssef and from 1989 until 1994 served as ex-president
Egypt / Cairo / 16.7.2012 / Mohamed Abdel Moneim at his favorite club in Cairo, the Gezira Club in Zamalek. Mohamed worked as the chief editor of weekly magazine Rose El-Youssef and from 1989 until 1994 served as ex-president Hosni Mubarak’s press secretary. He has also worked at national newspaper Al-Ahram. Cairo, Egypt. July 2012.

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