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A Street Scene in Cairo, by Charles Robertson

A Street Scene in Cairo, by Charles Robertson


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A Street Scene in Cairo, by Charles Robertson

A Street Scene in Cairo, by Charles Robertson (1844-1891)

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Archway Balcony Bazaar Buying Cairo Carpet Carpets Fabric Fabrics Goods Minaret Narrow Negotiating Patterned Robertson Selling Textile Textiles Wares


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A Street Scene in Cairo" is a captivating and evocative photograph by British artist Charles Robertson, capturing the vibrant energy and rich cultural heritage of Egypt's bustling city streets. Taken in the mid-19th century, the image transports us back in time to the heart of Cairo's bustling bazaar district. The scene is set on a narrow, sun-drenched street, where the sounds of haggling and the colors of textiles fill the air. Men in traditional Egyptian garb, their faces etched with the lines of hard work and the passage of time, engage in animated negotiations over the sale of intricately patterned carpets and fabrics. The textiles, with their bold geometric designs and rich hues, spill out from the open doorways of shops, creating a riot of color against the sandstone walls of the buildings. In the foreground, a group of men gather around a carpet spread out on the ground, their intense focus on the intricacies of the weave a testament to the importance of trade in this ancient city. Above them, a balcony offers a respite from the bustling scene below, its ornate archway framing a view of the minaret of a nearby mosque. Robertson's masterful composition and use of light and shadow draw the viewer into the scene, inviting us to explore the history and culture of this extraordinary Eastern city. The photograph is a testament to the enduring allure of Cairo, a place where the past and present come together in a vibrant, textured tapestry. Charles Robertson's "A Street Scene in Cairo" is a stunning example of the power of photography to capture a moment in time and transport us to another place and era. This image offers a glimpse into the rich history and vibrant culture of Cairo, a city that continues to captivate and inspire visitors from around the world.

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