Re:viewing Egypt

Image and Echo

Photographs by Xavier Roy
Text by Gamal al-Ghitani

In Re:viewing Egypt, Xavier Roy’s breathtaking photographs of Egypt offer us a haunting vision of a country and its people. They are also a lesson i

English edition
152 pp.
117 duotone photographs
21X24cm
ISBN 9789774162954
For sale worldwide

24.95

In Re:viewing Egypt, Xavier Roy’s 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 Egypt’s 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-Ghitani’s profoundly contemplative introduction is both inspiring and inspired by Roy’s gallery of one hundred images, compelling us to observe Egypt’s riches not as passive onlookers, but as engaged, reflective beings.

Xavier Roy

Xavier Roy has worked in advertising and marketing, and since 2003 has been engaged full time in photography. His photographs have been exhibited in France, New York, and Brazil, and his published books include The Soul of Cuba and All Our Children. Gamal al-Ghitani, born in 1945, is the author of The Mahfouz Dialogs (AUC Press, 2007), Pyramid Texts (AUC Press, 2007), and The Zafarani Files (AUC Press, 2009). He is editor-in-chief of the literary review Akhbar al-adab.

Gamal al-Ghitani

Gamal al-Ghitani, born in 1945, is the author of Zayni Barakat (AUC Press, 2004), The Mahfouz Dialogs (AUC Press, 2007), Pyramid Texts (AUC Press, 2007), The Zafarani Files (AUC Press, 2009), The Cairo of Naguib Mahfouz (AUC Press 2012), and The Book of Epiphanies (AUC Press, forthcoming). He is editor-in-chief of the literary review Akhbar al-adab.

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