William Stewart - Egypt Street Sellers
9.3. - 4.5.

Impressions of Egypt - Layers and layers of grand history, epochs and movements in the region ironically culminate  - or are reduced to - a colourful trivial chaos of cheap  street merchandising.  In search of Egypt William Stewart's camera is fascinated by and gets drawn into the inescapable world of Egypt street sellers.  

 

For downloading William Stewart's essay on the project follow the link 'Thoughts on Egypt Street Sellers'.

 

All Gicleé prints are 15" x 10" or 10" x 15" respectively. For print enquiries contact info(at)albumen-gallery.com.

 

 

 

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Everything seems to be on sale somewhere on the streets of Alexandria, if you just know where to look for them. This is an area where car parts, substantive and otherwise, are displayed.

Alexandria

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Everything seems to be on sale somewhere on the streets of Alexandria, if you just know where to look for them. This is an area where car parts, substantive and otherwise, are displayed.

Alexandria

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Angilkia Island is the new home of the Philae Temple, one of over 20 temples relocated when the Aswan dam was built. The area is also home to a large population of Nubian tribes people.

Angilkia Island

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This is my store, you really should look here! Abu Simbel, like many sites in Egypt, has built-up entrance ways to shelter the souvenir vendors, primarily from the hot Egyptian sun, and provides a conduit for visitors into the site.

Abu Simbel

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Getting off the boat to go to the Botanic Gardens, situated on an island at Aswan, one is confronted by the stall keepers. They will follow you, kindly, but in your face, showing you their wares in such a way that you have to move around them. As you get past one, the next waits.

Aswan Botanical Gardens

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A similar pattern at all the sites, here at the Temple of Kom Ombo, vendors come out to greet you, show you their wares, and if any interest is shown, off you go to their store. You will rarely escape without purchasing something, as a sense of obligation is instilled upon you.

 

Temple of Kom Ombo

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A similar pattern at all the sites, here at the Temple of Kom Ombo, vendors come out to greet you, show you their wares, and if any interest is shown, off you go to their store. You will rarely escape without purchasing something, as a sense of obligation is instilled upon you.

Temple of Kom Ombo

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Boats come to the cruise ships to which they tie themselves up, while the vendors negotiate with the passengers. In this, and the following, the vendors take advantage of the Esna lock, where the ships queue sometimes for hours at a time.

Esna Lock on River Nile

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Wanting to more closely inspect the wares, the vendors throw cloths and other items to the passengers sometimes as much as 4 or 5 stories above.


Esna Lock on River Nile

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Wanting to more closely inspect the wares, the vendors throw cloths and other items to the passengers sometimes as much as 4 or 5 stories above.


Esna Lock on River Nile

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They will spend many hours plying their trade every day, venturing far from the lock until all possibilities for a sale are exhausted.

 

Esna Lock on River Nile

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Inspired selling, an alabaster carving of a cat, Colossi of Memnon, Luxor.

 

Colossi of Memmon, Luxor

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Cornered by many vendors, you have no option but to push through, not showing the slightest interest or you will be pursued. Colossi of Memnon, Luxor.


Colossi of Memmon, Luxor

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Cornered by many vendors, you have no option but to push through, not showing the slightest interest or you will be pursued. Colossi of Memnon, Luxor.


Colossi of Memmon, Luxor

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Not exactly inspired, but this is some seriously good carving I have here...

 

Colossi of Memmon, Luxor

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At the Valley of the Kings, a very well constructed entrance, with suitable covering to protect from the heat of the sun, provides a shaded walkway for the vendors to operate from.

 

Valley of the Kings, Luxor

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Kids that should be at school are often seen working.

 

Valley of the Kings, Luxor

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Just keep walking, don’t look or we are done for!

 

Valley of the Kings, Luxor

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Each collection of boxes the same, stretching along the walkway of the Nile’s east bank. There is a conference of some sort happening in the building on the right, so presumably these items are put out for the attendees, or perhaps selling white goods has a whole new approach here?

Banks of the Nile, Luxor

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A store in Luxor that has everything, clean, tidy, cheaper than you will get anywhere in London! This vendor was quite happy to let his store and its display speak for itself, an unusual interaction around these areas.


Luxor Bazaar

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Luxor Bazaar, a common sight in many street markets, where motorbikes will blitz their way through in close proximity to stores, to vendors and the wending crowds of onlookers and shoppers.

 

Luxor Bazaar

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Luxor Bazaar, a common sight in many street markets, where motorbikes will blitz their way through in close proximity to stores, to vendors and the wending crowds of onlookers and shoppers.

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There is no such thing as sitting down for a quiet coffee, one of many who will approach a table of “tourists”, whether invited or not. Their persistence is notable everywhere, including here, outside the Cairo Bazaar.

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On the streets of Cairo/Ghiza, a market of extraordinary size and popularity springs up on a semi-daily basis, providing cheap, low-quality goods for the general populace of a city of many millions.


Street Market , Ghiza