Desert Cities: New Cairo

Manuel Álvarez

Photography: Manuel Álvarez Diesto
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The objective of “Desert Cities” is to portray the construction of new developments in the desert on the outskirts of Egypt’s main cities including Cairo, Alexandria, Hurgada and Aswan.
The main focus has been placed on New Cairo in the Eastern part of Cairo, since it is the largest in scale and is intended to host millions of people.
This work emerged when the author decided to wander with a camera for a period of two years far from the Nile River. The photographs cover a territory that stretches along the boundary lines between the emerging cities and the desert, from Greater Cairo to Suez.
The work was not intended to become a formal critique through photography on how New Cities in Egypt were being built and if it really meets the needs of the Egyptian people or not.
The artist intended to spark reflection about the urbanistic development formulas used in Egyptian new cities and how they shape the surrounding desert and the social fabric of the inhabitants.

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