A whole new approach to seeing one of the worlds great cities Cairo is a city of splendor and spectacle, long celebrated as much for its warmth and bustling street life as for the legacy of its tumultuous past. Yet for the countless visitors who fall under its spell, the prolonged din of its crowds and traffic can seem overwhelming at times, tempting them out of the citys open spaces into its shadow light, the cooler, quieter interiors of restaurants, homes, hotels, and terraces. Cairo Inside Out evokes the light and moods of this great metropolis with stunning photographs shot from the citys indoor havens. We observe it through and from nostalgic haunts, such as Café Riche and the Windsor Hotel, and look out onto its great sightsthe Nile, the Red Pyramid at Dahshur, Ibn Tulun mosquefrom the most intimate urban interiors, homes, and watersides. For those who may have lived in Cairo, this is a reminder of a city that moves and yet remains wonderfully unchanged. For visitors and residents, this evocative collection, an unabashed homage to Cairos persistent color and allure, will inspire them to visit those places once more.
Trevor Naylor is the co-author of A Roving Eye: Head to Toe in Egyptian Arabic Expressions (AUC Press, 2014) and author of Living Normally: Where Life Comes Before Style. He lives normally in Cairo.
Doriana Dimitrova is a Bulgarian photographer who has lived and worked in Cairo. She is the photographer of A Roving Eye: Head to Toe in Egyptian Arabic Expressions (AUC Press, 2014).
"A super book. [It] made me want to go back to places I havent set foot in in decades. No one could have presented the Protected City more succulently."Humphrey Davies, translator of The Yacoubian Building