Ten Egyptian photographers received their diplomas at the opening of the Cairo Photo Week after attending a DEDI-sponsored Masterclass on photojournalism.
By Martha Tode
“Impressive”. This was the general reaction to the opening of the DMJX Student Exhibition. The exhibition includes ten powerful photo stories, telling the stories of people’s day-to-day lives and the challenges that they are facing.
The exhibited photo stories are the graduating projects of ten Egyptian photographers, who attended an intensive Masterclass on photojournalism designed by one of Europe’s best photojournalism schools, the Danish School of Media & Journalism (DMJX), in collaboration with Photopia, and funded by DEDI. Over the course of one year, the photographers developed their skills in photographing, text writing, and story building, thus preparing themselves for entering the field as photojournalists professionally.
On the opening night of the Cairo Photo Week, the photographers received their DMJX-accredited diplomas. Also, their teacher Søren Pagter from DMJX joined in from Denmark on Zoom to deliver his graduation speech to the students:
“As photojournalists, we have the responsibility to document crises, conflicts, wars. Yet, we should also remember that there is always a moment after the crises have stopped, where people go back to their daily lives. These moments are just as important to document. It’s by documenting the challenges of daily life that we create an understanding for other people’s life.”
Indeed, the ten photo stories give us an intimate glimpse into the lives and struggles of the people photographed. In one story, we meet Hassiba, a Sudanese refugee reflecting upon ‘what is home?’ while searching for a safe place for her and her five children in this world. In another, a woman is secretly wearing jeans under her dresses, torn between her own and her family’s expectations on how a woman should behave and dress. In a third photo story, the photographer portrays his grandmother in the flat she has lived in for her entire life.
The exhibition located at the Factory Space in Downtown Cairo runs from March 11th to 22nd. It includes the photo stories of Anas Kamal, Hala Hesham, John Nasr, Mahmoud Nada, Mariam Atallah, May Hussain, Mohamed Hozayen, Mohammed Kotb, Mohamed Osam and Peter Loza Below. Below, you will find some of the photos from the exhibition.
From the exhibition