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