Alexandria Photo Week Showcases City’s Vibrant Photography Scene and Rich Heritage

by Mona Yousef

 

The inaugural Alexandria Photo Week, held from February 1st to 10th, mesmerized a diverse audience of 15,000 visitors, offering a captivating glimpse into the city’s vibrant photography scene and rich history. Organized by Photopia and supported by various cultural institutions, this landmark event unfolded across eight major cultural centers, including the Jesuit Cultural Center, B’sarya for Arts, and the French Institute.

Throughout the week-long program, attendees were treated to a captivating blend of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and portfolio reviews, immersing themselves in the world of photography. The exhibits explored a range of themes, with standout showcases such as “Sard: Stories from Alexandria and the Delta,” which featured the works of 47 talented photographers. Additionally, the thought-provoking exhibition “Resilience – Stories of Women Inspiring Change” highlighted award-winning photojournalism, shedding light on women’s issues globally.

One of the significant milestones of Alexandria Photo Week was the participation of the renowned World Press Photo and National Geographic Society, marking their first-ever events in the city. Over 60 educational sessions, including lectures, workshops, and portfolio reviews, provided aspiring and established photographers with invaluable learning opportunities, nurturing their skills and creativity.

Beyond its celebration of contemporary photography, the event celebrated Alexandria’s unique history and artistic heritage. The “Roman Story” exhibition, featuring the captivating works of photographers Hinar Sherif and Adel Essam, offered a fascinating glimpse into the city’s past. In addition, the “Badawy Archive” exhibition showcased a remarkable collection of over 350 original photographs and films, spanning more than 80 years.

The late photographer Farouk Ibrahim was honored during Alexandria Photo Week with a special exhibition titled “The Legend’s Light Box.” Showcasing 90 previously unseen photographs, the exhibition, organized in collaboration with the US Embassy in Cairo, provided a fresh perspective on Ibrahim’s illustrious career, leaving a lasting impact on attendees.

Marwa Abou Leila, the founder and managing director of Photopia, expressed her gratitude to the event’s supporters and emphasized its profound impact: “Alexandria Photo Week was a unique experience, placing Egypt on the global cultural map and attracting specialists and general audiences alike. We look forward to building on this success in the years to come.”

The inaugural Alexandria Photo Week truly succeeded in showcasing the city’s vibrant photography scene while highlighting its rich heritage. Through its engaging exhibitions and educational programs, the event left an indelible mark on both local and international participants, establishing Alexandria as a thriving hub for artistic expression and cultural exchange.

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