Egypt, 1976

In December of 1976 I had the chance to visit Egypt. This is a small sample of some of my favorite images from the trip.

Aswan – Aga Khan Mausoleum

Cairo – Muhammad Ali Mosque

Abu Simbel temple exterior

Abu Simbel Temple – Interior

The Step Pyramid of Saqqara

The Father of Terror

Cairo – Ramadan booth

Colossus at Memnon.  This always calls to mind the famous poem:

Ozymandias

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

Aswan – Christmas Day, 1976

Aswan – Overlooking the Nile

Luxor

Memphis – Reclining Ramses II

This was a phenomenal trip – 2 weeks in an amazing country. Al Qahira munwwara bi Ahlaha!

All images ©1976-2012 Old Wolf Enterprises

3 responses to “Egypt, 1976

  1. Dust to dust , kingdoms and Kings but rest in peace.the sands then blown far away is helpless, disappearing mounds and mounds.. nobody haunts the pharaohs .. for they have magical power..that could ruin others, even today..beware

  2. Dear Old Wolf,

    Thank you for posting that grand image of the Suradeq (or ‘Ramadan Booth’) from travels through Cairo in December 1976. May I use that photograph, with citation to you of course, in a journal article I am submitting to be peer-reviewed soon? I am currently researching the history of Khayamiya, or Tentmaker Applique, and your photograph is one of the best I have found of the greatest manifestation of this endangered Egyptian art form (the Suradeq).

    Please let me know by email, as I will be happy to give you more information about my research.

    Best wishes, SB

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