Xavier Roy's breathtaking photographs of Egypt offer us a haunting vision of a country and its people. Roy draws us into Egypt's mystique, its scintillating waters, bucolic vistas, ruins, and places of worship. We observe the correspondences of shape and texture, perspective and repetition, light and shadow, and the vitality in the mundane and commonplace. A photograph of an acacia tree is juxtaposed with one of birds in flight, their formation and movement echoing the outline and feather-like aspect of the tree. The sea, both formless and metallic, can be an expression of the emotions of the woman who looks at it, or an image of ambivalence and uncertainty, of life and death.
Xavier Roy’s photographs have been exhibited in France, New York, and Brazil, and his published books include The Soul of Cuba and All Our Children.
Gamal al-Ghitani was born in 1945 and is the author of the Mahfouz Dialogues (2007), Zayni Barakat (Penguin, 1988) Pyramid Texts (AUC, 2007) and The Zafarani Files (Arabia Books, 2009). He is the Editor in Chief of the Cairo Literary Review and his novels have been translated into many languages.
'In Re:viewing Egypt, Xavier Roy's photographs of Egypt offer us a hunting vision of a country and its people. They are also a lesson in the art of potography itself, inviting us to experience images to extend our notions of reality...' - The Middle East 201010