I have called this contribution Cairo Collection, because I will offer you three photos for the price of one. Two will be shown as workshops.
This particular photo was taken just below the Citadel of Cairo, mainly built in the 12th century by the famous ruler Saladin (Salah al-Din) to protect the city from the Christian crusaders. Inside the walls you can see parts of the 19th century Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, also known as the Alabaster Mosque.
The trucks are not quite as old, but I think they looked rather ancient even in 1983, when these pictures were taken. The carrots sold in the simple stall were guaranteed fresh.
I invite you to have a look at the workshop pictures as well. All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.
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kato (11630) 2013-05-21 8:30
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the huge mosque with two tall poles and dome, and wall. Surely, here looks like the citadel. It's impressive in roadside stand selling many carrots in front of mosque, too. we can know the whole of city for workshop #2.
lousat (91376) 2013-05-21 8:31
Hi Gert,i been there few years after you and these pics are a great memories for me too,i remember very well the visit to the Cairo citadel,3 magnificent and different view and a great quality of scannering process whit perfect details and the typical colors of the film,very well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Silvio1953 (143184) 2013-05-21 9:46
Ciao Gert, great POV on fantastic mosque, nice scene, wonderful colors and splendid light, beautiful WS too, great quality for scans, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
rychem (36053) 2013-05-21 10:09
Good camera, good photographer, good photo, I am impressed with the quality of this scanned photo, congratulations
pajaran (60643) 2013-05-21 10:20
Lep pogled na kamione i dzamiju ...
Dobar snimak, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazano mesto i arhitektura.
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Nice view of the trucks and mosque ...
Good picture, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good composition, nice place and the architecture shown.
Good work with beautiful photographs of the workshop.
Good evening and all the best.
Nicou (142130) 2013-05-21 10:31
quelle belle mosquée sueprbe image et compo avec le grand mure et ces anciens camion et le vendeurquelle compo quel ensemble sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
ourania (45462) 2013-05-21 10:51
I like very much the interesting views and details presented in your pictures, the colours testify their age and stimulate our curiosity immediately. Sharpness is fine and enourages our avid exploration of details and human character. I love the way you have used the contrasts giving to the three images an artistic feel and an absolutely fascinating mysterious atmosphere no matter what they show. But still, the scenes and sceneries look exotic and have a special allure of their own. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
dta (78030) 2013-05-21 12:04
hello Gert ,
Three excellent oldies ; i like especially the WS 2 , eally a great picture . This one is good , too . As you say the trucks looj older than 30 years .
Kielia (24077) 2013-05-22 7:28
I like the mood of this image a lot, and the colors are also very fascinating. The photographer’s perspective is excellent. This is another very interesting document – thanks for sharing!
chrisvek (7001) 2013-05-22 8:27
That's an excellent photo with atmosphere from oldies.Great warmth and perfect lightning.Very good POV too.Thank you for sharing with us.
All the best
bayno (18344) 2013-05-22 9:01
Ciao Gert, both three pic is nice, you chose this one for the quality i suppose, very good one, also the compo is well done...clear details in all area incluse the wonderful architecture in the BG....that one with the blue sky i like so much also if the quality is not top one...
Romano46 (18472) 2013-05-22 10:43
ottimo scatto e interessante perchè se è vero che il soggetto principale potrebbe sembrare la moschea in realtà lo sguardo si concentra sul venditore con il suo carretto dove espone la mercanzia e sugli autocarri che dominano la scena con la loro presenza e i loro colori.
Un'altra bella testimonianza dei tuoi lunghi viaggi in giro per il mondo che accortamente hai riproposto riesumandoli dalla sempre gloriosa Kodachrome.
Ciao e buona serata
saxo042 (37882) 2013-05-22 10:55
Bra bilder alla tre, huvudbilden innehåller verkligen något för alla. Tre "moderna" lastbilar, en gammal moské med mur och minareter och dessutom en färgklick i form av gatuförsäljarens morötter.
Hälsningar från Dumicke
serp2000 (44203) 2013-05-22 12:22
How are you? I watch TV, so bad news from the night Stockholm. It really reminds me the events in Cairo. But what do you want? Hot blood of the south people is not a milk. I could be not so tolerant but I can say this is not Paris of 1968. And they are not liberal students too.
Fis2 (97635) 2013-05-22 12:37
A very curious place.
Interesting building and autos.
Good frame and super colors.
Excellent work from your archive!
Graal (102894) 2013-05-23 0:42
amazing documentary photos from Cairo. It was over 30 years ago. Good scan - here and in WS. Interesting report about daily life in Egypt.
Have a nice day.
tyro (24820) 2013-05-23 4:08
You have given us a fine trio of photographs, all well scanned, and a fine variety of interesting notes about the "Citadel" of Cairo and its magnificent mosque. I recall having visited this place at least 12 years ago when I had a very early 2 megapixel digital compact camera - I really must try to see if I have any pictures of it myself.
As with all the wonderful photographs which you post on this site, here we see not only images of famous buildings or interesting places, but we see the "daily life" of the people going about their daily routines and businesses in these places too - from the carrot seller here to the tradesman with his donkey in one of your workshop images. Wonderful insights into the lives of people in far away places!
And all three pictures, of course, show this magnificent structure very well with good scans of faithful Kodachrome and with excellent composition, colours and details.
rogerl (1616) 2013-05-23 4:50
Gert, these are all really interesting shots - I love the workshop image with the man and donkey, not only for that but for the foreground buildings. All the scans are a little high-contrast, but there's really not much to be done. In the main image, I love the contrast between the ancient castle/mosque with its minarets and the daily life in the foreground. Thanks.
marabu61 (10949) 2013-05-23 5:01
Thank you for this great collection. From July 83 to February 84 I was working in Tel Aviv, Israel and befor I left back to Stockholm for my second year there, I toured all of Israel, the Westjordan land, the Sinai and even went so far as Cairo all per hichhiking. So this really brings back some very dear memories to me.
As usual your scans are of an extraordinary quality.
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-05-23 7:43
It still amazes me to see building built hundreds of year still standing and functional. In Las Vegas they implode buildings over 50 years old and replace new ones. Nice documentation of the daily life and I hope their lives are much better now. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
wolf38 (31296) 2013-05-23 8:40
Hello Gert. A photo with many interesting details. I look at the old truck that the photo is several decades old. Unfortunately Cairo is also still on my white list. Maybe I can this city and the country come and visit again ..... I have traveled to Sinai only once. The photo fits well in your gallery.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
agjika (3177) 2013-05-25 15:56
Great composition as usual. I like the man on the right putting a stop to the eye as well as balancing the photo. I had not seen this fortress before, by the way did you know that Ali Pasha was of Albanian origin? I once met an Egyptian who told me about him but his is a million time bigger in Egypt than Albania!
Thanks for sharing
jhm (152938) 2013-05-27 4:57
Also your both workshop pictures are superb.
We get few picture out of Cairo, twenty years old, I know not or there is a lot changed in this country!
The village and Mosque in background make this image very attractive.
You chose a very nice angle, this image gives a lot depth and perspective.
Sharpness and clarity are pleasant.
Very well done, TFS.
zoomer (6) 2013-05-27 9:21
Hi,it's always fascinating to see a picture with elements in it that cover such a huge time span.To think what that wall must have seen makes ones head spin.Excellent result,friendly regards,Wolf.
adramad (45624) 2013-05-31 9:20
I resume my activity in TE, after two weeks of travel in Cordoba, Avila and Barcelona, where I enjoyed the company of my friends Josepmarin and Pili, wonderful hosts.
Great composition with this image showing a scene of daily life in the foreground, against the background of the splendid walls and breathtaking views of the mosque.
Magnificent light and crisp, with a beautiful color.
Enjoy a great weekend.
mkamionka (36741) 2013-05-31 13:07
I had the pleasure to be in this POV many years later. My photos are not that well preserved though that is why I posted just few of them from Egypt. Normally cars and people are something what I try to avoid but in your picture they add an amazing touch of history. The cars are so damaged and people of course in traditional clothes. This makes your photos very valuable and allows us to travel both in space and time.
Have a great weekend.
macjake (67798) 2013-05-31 18:19
It may not come to a huge surprise, but my favorite subject in this scene has to be the broken down truck in the middle.
Oh my...what I would do to get my hands on that truck!!!
there is a real rustic feel to the entire scene that I enjoy too, and the 2 WS photo's complete it even more.
love these peaks into the past.
great shot and post
enjoy your weekend
abmdsudi (54085) 2013-06-15 22:49
This looks fine to me, great composition of such a historic sight - and I remember the hsitory of Sallahuddin Al Ayubi - and looks subtle that really helps bring out the amazing detail in the brickwork of the defense wall. The pin sharp minarets make us want to look for a way round to have a good closer look at the mosque. Good perspective just right from this point of view and everything in the fg adds a nice touch as a whole including the stranded truck and the street vendor which lead to the imposing subject matter. Very well treated and the effect which I find very pleasing and excellent additional pictures too. Visited Cairo twelve years ago but missed this sight, this a fine contribution and good compilation, Congrats. TFS
siudzi (34141) 2013-06-16 1:42
A great shot from Egypt presenting the street life scene. Looking at this image we can have a trip to the past. Very well seen, composed and executed with superb quality. Well done.tfs.
nikkitta (17066) 2013-06-17 15:19
I am enjoying your old photos from Cairo, I spent a long morning visiting this part of the city
Good and impressing capture of the Citadel, after it , going to Qalaum mosque , which is your second WS, I was offered and bought postcards of all of them
Qalaum is only a long and narrow space with the beautiful minaret you took the photo
Good work with the scan
daddo (26788) 2013-06-19 5:50
Hi Gert. A great composition which allows us to admire two structures (plus the carrots). The photo looks as if it was taken last century! I love it. You do know I presume that Ali was an Albanian by birth and that he is known as the man who took Egypt into the modern era. Unfortunately he funded many projects through slavery. Regards. Klaudio.
Urs (14082) 2013-06-23 18:57
Today this place most probably does not look anymore so peaceful and the there will be plenty of new cars on the roads. However this shot is an important historical shot showing how Egypt looked like when there was almost no political freedom. Excellent digitalization, which proves that I should do it also with my countless colour slides ... BTW the development of Laos infrastructures is decades behind Vietnam or even Cambodia.
Didi (60588) 2013-06-29 10:51
I was born in Cairo
This place reminds me good souvenirs of Egypt before the blkack actually period
Good scan quality
You tried to shof us the life people in this picture but I allowed myself to make a WS
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-03-13 3:12
an interesting frame here from Cairo. It is a nice experience to view how it looks app 30 years ago. Excellent picture quality. Great light and sharpness. Very good depth too. Another superb quality image from your archive. Tfs.