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Khaled Hafez

Cairo Xtreme, 1999-2001. Photo series.

Cairo Xtreme is a series of shots taken from above the El Gezira Tower and from Al Mokkatam plateau in Cairo, during the extreme light conditions of dusk and dawn. They show the mega city of Cairo. Khaled Hafez took the shots using expired ISO-1000 35 mm colour film, wanting to create dramatic effects without any interference from the digital medium; something that would be aesthetically striking despite the banal architectural subjects. The result is a series of taints and hues of artificial, near surrealist nature. No human presence is to be found in the photos. The photos are small, and mounted in relatively large frames to enhance their atmosphere.

* Cairo, 1963, lives and works in Cairo