Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Portraits after a coup in Egypt

Nour Zakaria, 24, Morsi supporter, Rabaa Al-Adaweya Mosque, Cairo, Egypt, July 4, 2013. 

While in Egypt in early July, I worked for about a week with The Guardian (UK) newspaper and correspondent Martin Chulov. Egypt's first Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, was removed from power in a military coup on July 3, after millions of Egyptians demonstrated against him in cities throughout the country on June 30. For one of my assignments after the military takeover, I was asked to take portraits of Egyptians from all over the political spectrum in an attempt to gauge the overall mood in the aftermath of the coup.

Khaled El-Qadi poses July 7 in Alexandria next to a poster of General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi before the start of a rally supporting the defense minister and commander-in-chief who announced the military takeover. El-Qadi is the Tamarod ("rebellion" in Arabic) coordinator in Egypt's second largest city. Tamarod called for the June 30, 2013 protests, held on the anniversary of Mohamed Morsi's first day in the presidential office, which led to his forced removal from power.

Osama Yousef, 45, was photographed in front of graffiti depicting violent clashes between police and protesters, on Mohamed Mahmoud Street near Tahrir Square, Cairo, July 4. Yousef was in favor of removing president Mohamed Morsi from power.

Mohammed Hani, 22, holding a poster of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in one hand and a small Koran in the other, at the main sit-in near Rabaa Al-Adaweya mosque in Cairo, July 4.

Nancy Riyadh, 26, and her mother Yvonne Hanna, 54, members of Egypt's Christian religious minority, said they had been worried about the direction Egypt was headed and were relieved that president Mohamed Morsi was ousted. Tahrir Square, Cairo, July 4.

Sheikh Muhammad Abdel Bari, an associate of the Muslim Brotherhood, in a mosque in Port Said, a military stronghold, on July 8. Members of the Brotherhood in Port Said were reeling from news that 50 Morsi supporters had been shot and killed by the Army in front of the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo that morning.

Carmen Bedawi, 28, photographed July 4 at a coffee shop in an upscale Cairo neighborhood, said she was glad president Mohamed Morsi was forced from power.

Tour guide Mohamed Mahmoud in Medinet Habu Temple, empty of tourists, in Luxor on July 9. Shortly before being removed from power by the Egyptian military, president Mohamed Morsi enraged residents in Luxor when he appointed Adel El-Khayat, who was a member of formerly violent Islamic group Gamaa Al-Islamiya, as governor. Egypt's tourism industry has been hit hard by all the turmoil of the past two years. Mahmoud kept a neutral position, saying "There is a future for Egypt only if there is reconciliation."

Asmaa Fathi, 30, and her three children: 11-year-old Dima, 9-year-old Iman, and 3-year-old Abdullah, Tahrir Square, Cairo on July 4. Fathi celebrated the removal of president Mohamed Morsi.

Abdul Muneim Ahmad, 35, with his shield, hard hat, and plastic stick to defend himself and other Morsi supporters from attack, near the entrance to the Rabaa Al-Adaweya sit-in in Cairo, July 4.