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The introduction summarizes the main argument and theoretical content for the following themed chapters as each one unfolds a particular critical focus to read of bodies of visual materials formed in Egypt. The book sets out to ask fundamental questions of the medium in a challenge to the dominance of Western-led photographic history to present another genealogy of the visual in Egypt by posing the following questions:

1. How has this visual heritage constituted its own sensibility of photographic history?

2. In what ways did local photographic practices respond to the impact of Western modernity?

3. In what ways have local traditions shaped indigenous photographic practices and how have cultural forces used the medium?

4. How has popular engagement with and use of the visual brought about an awareness of image politics?

The picture of Egypt has been fiercely contested and often mythologized within its own nationalist notions for far too long. Moreover, the meaning of photographs cannot be anchored down easily or pigeonholed into uncomplicated and, arguably, unrepresentative narratives. Decolonizing Images sets out to develop a vision on the local, indigenous genealogy of the photographic heritage of Egypt and, in doing so, continues the essential practice of edifying the history of photography.

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Decolonizing images

A new history of photographic cultures in Egypt


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