Re:viewing Egypt: Image and Echo

Re:viewing Egypt: Image and Echo

AUC Press

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Xavier Roy

In Re:viewing Egypt, Xavier RoyÕs breathtaking photographs of Egypt offer us a haunting vision of a country and its people. They are also a lesson in the art of photography itself, inviting us to experience images as metaphor, to extend our notions of reality. Roy draws us into EgyptÕs mystique, its scintillating waters, bucolic vistas, ruins, and places of worship. We observe the correspondences of shape and texture, perspective and repetition, light and shadow, and the vitality in the mundane and commonplace. A photograph of an acacia tree is juxtaposed with one of birds in flight, their formation and movement echoing the outline and feather-like aspect of the tree. Each photograph is at once an offer of tranquility and a call to interpret.
Gamal al-GhitaniÕs profoundly contemplative introduction is both inspiring and inspired by RoyÕs gallery of one hundred images, compelling us to observe EgyptÕs riches not as passive onlookers, but as engaged, reflective beings.

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