Today, Sada Elbald English SEE brings together a collection of fascinated photographs of the Khedivial Cairo area and streets of Ancient Egypt neighborhood from the mid 19th century to the 20th century that comprised works by photography masters who practiced their art in the capital city from the end of the 19th to the early years of the 20th century. Enjoy!
SEE’s unique selection also reveals the magnificent structures, the daily life, and the freak personalities of a past Cairo, where culture and history play side by side.
Cairo has evolved into an industrial city and an enormous metropolis: its silhouette, architecture, vehicles, bridges, quays, streets and public spaces have attained an entirely different appearance.
The most acclaimed Italian, French and Greek photographers in their generation and Egypt’s kingdom heyday, not only documented the nostalgic images of the city during their time, but also took us along a journey extending from Darb Egmamiz quarter to Qasr Elnil Bridge and Elramila Square at the Citadel neighborhood, which have that very central essence of Great Cairo, through photographs taken with the difficult and onerous techniques of the time.
Like any time period in the age of photography, the 1800s in Egypt was widely chronicled, in images dating back to the early years of the century. A look back on the images will take viewers to the country’s first boardwalk in Cairo, make them grapple with the realities of the 19th revolution and the first World War, and bring them along a journey to discover the evolution of transportation over the course of the decades.
Some of these iconic photos show the old cars and the train running by Ramsis Square and old establishments, the buildings–everything that reminds you of Cairo in it.
To learn more about 19th-century Ancient Cairo through photographs, SEE compiled a collection of 15 essential images that capture what life was like in the 1800s and early 1900s.
Notably, these historical photos are sourced from a wide range of newspapers and magazines archives and national photo libraries. From photos depicting young students and activists in action, to those simply depicting a day on the Nile shore, each of these images shines a light on a small corner of Egyptian humble life between 1800 and 1900s.
Scroll down to view fascinating and stunning images and learn more about the events and trends that shaped 19th-century Egypt.
The below image depicts a group of countryside people as they work on a cotton plantation in Cairo.
In this photo, people stroll along the sand at the Nile shore, with the Pyramids of Giza in the background.