About the book:
Madad took over 3 years in the works as Mosa'ab traveled across Egypt, following the Islamic calendar from one Mawlid (Sufi festival) to another, aiming to understand, experience and document the spirituality of the holy festivals and the locations in which they take place. From visitors of holy shrines in the heart of Cairo to pilgrims in remote deserts in the far east of Egypt, the pictures produced give a sense of why Mawlids continue to be attended by millions until this day and captures the intimacy of its visitors.
Madad is a part of a project called Photobook Egypt. Photobook Egypt is a powerful series of photography books; each dedicated to a theme or a project photographed and narrated by remarkable Egyptian and regional photographers (whether emerging or established) and illustrated and published by Photopia Cairo. It is a series of wonderful picture books that reflect the power of the region's photographers and their ability to recount facts and hopes through their lens. It is an ongoing project of enjoyable and visually rich photography that proudly represents Egypt's and the region's prominent photographers. Collecting them would be like owning a small part of Egypt on your bookshelf.
About the Photographer:
Born in 1990, Mosa'ab Elshamy is a Cairo-based photographer at the Associated Press, who covers daily news stories, as well as in-depth cultural and social documentary projects across the Middle East. His work has been described as dedicated, humane and intimate.
Name: Madad (Hardback)
Publisher: Photobook Egypt
Author: Mosa’ab Elshamy
Price: AED 150