In January 1983, and again in February after a month in Sudan, I visited Cairo. I walked for miles every day across the huge city, sometimes disturbed by the chaotic traffic but most of the time enjoying myself. I don't know what it's like now, but in those days, more than 33 years ago, it was generally a very nice city and I felt perfectly safe everywhere, at any time of the day. I can't imagine that common people have changed since then.
Today I show you three photos from Cairo, and there will be three more with my next upload. Maybe some places look the same today, except that some people will have bought new cars since 1983.
This is one of the minarets of the 10th century al-Hakim Mosque, just inside the wall encircling the old town of Cairo. Here is a larger version. The workshops show some people and their car and a view from a minaret in the old town.
All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.
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alvaraalto (20538) 2016-09-12 7:44
I had to google first to know who was the president in 1983, Moebarak for 2 years.
I can remember I always have been fascinated by Egypt. First that strange man, Nasser and then Sadat (he looked like my oncle, maybe for they had the same kind of moustache. Nowadays it is much more complex I think, with a spring that looks like an autumn. I’m curious what more you will show us and your memories of that days.
ricardomattos (8327) 2016-09-12 7:50
Uma imponente vista deste minarete cercado por belas e grandes muralhas. O Egito é surpreendente mesmo e cheio de histórias.
danos (103212) 2016-09-12 7:58
nice the view of this section of Cairo 33 years ago with the minaret to dominating the scene.A really great scenery with the traffic in the road to has so many and interesting points to see everyone.The WS add more interesting in the image.
ikeharel (79099) 2016-09-12 8:06
Still a chaotic traffic in Cairo, Gert, though I never been there but we see this on TV.
Fabulous old stuff yet again, admirable how well kept those photos.
An excellent POV from street level up to the tower and the fantastic blue sky. An impressive edifice.
My cong.'s & good evening,
GyurMaster (7595) 2016-09-12 9:31
All three photos are nice, the first WS (the mechanics) could have been a head-image as well with that short and a bit absurd story with the old man. Regarding the main image: it is a well composed image with a lot of interesting details to be observed. The presence of that donkey-cart is priceless.
cornejo (47242) 2016-09-12 9:51
Hello Gert, very good picture of this interesting scene of daily life in the 80s of last century, very well captured in this interesting image with good sharpness, light, color and quality. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and happy week.
All the best from southern Spain.
ourania (51103) 2016-09-12 10:07
the style, age and scale of the architecture is stunning, this setting has certainly witnessed a lot of changes through the centuries. I like how you included the flow and details of daily life and traffic next to the wall and minaret, both the colours and the movement look so vibrant. I also like the scene with the friendly people in the workshop, who are smiling at the stranger's lens despite their car problem. The other photo looks so exotic, mysterious and fascinating. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
saxo042 (37968) 2016-09-12 10:14
Intressant gatubild! Man kan kaske också tänka sig att folk har köpt nya åsnor också eller så kanske åsnor har blivit omoderna sedan bilden togs. Kan man skymta några kvinnor långt bort?
ChrisJ (118817) 2016-09-12 10:24
The Cairo traffic is even more disturbing these days with a population of 20 million hellbent on getting across the city ignoring red lights and pedestrians. A splendid daily life scene and the bg minaret of the mosque adds place and context. Tfs!
PaulVDV (32665) 2016-09-12 10:29
What a coincidence! This afternoon I spoke to a man who's born in Cairo but is now studying in Brussels. He said that there are still tourists in Cairo and they all have a map with the safe areas indicated in a colour and with the areas to avoid in a different colour :)
I like your main picture the most. It combines interesting daily life-scenes with the very impressive and huge minaret of the mosque.
Much eye-catching red on this picture.
Best regards, Paul
Fis2 (107346) 2016-09-12 12:16
A very interesting building.
I like this daily life.
Good POV and colors.
Excellent photo with your rich archive.
BennyV (20655) 2016-09-12 12:26
Excellent time travelling picture again, Gert. A pity that Egypt has somewhat slid off the vistiting radar in these times.
Tue (43818) 2016-09-12 12:33
The walls of the mosque are really impressive, let alone the even taller and majestic tower, which looks even more beautiful in this sunlight. The streetlife in the foreground looks very nice as well with quite a variety of different kinds of transportation.
tyro (26142) 2016-09-12 13:52
Three very fine scans of three very well taken (and very well preserved) colour slides and an interesting and informative note about your stay in Cairo over 30 years ago.
Your main picture is probably the best at showing a snapshot of a main street in Cairo with its variety of methods of transport - foot, cars, trucks and donkeys - and showing well the massive city walls and part of the ancient mosque.
But I do very much like your more personal picture of the group of men (including an older interloper) standing watching a young boy repair their car tyre. And your "aerial" view of an ancient part of the city gives a very clear idea of the old architecture.
Three excellent photographs of remarkable quality, well scanned and a capture of Cairo in what were no doubt happier times than nowadays.
P.S. It is with some trepidation and considerable guilt that I confess to such a hardened traveller as yourself that, about 15 years ago and during a holiday in Cyprus, we "did" Cairo in a day, flying from Paphos to Cairo around 6 a.m. and returning around midnight. We did actually see a surprising amount, including the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, the Pyramids at Giza, the Cairo Museum and even having a short boat trip on the Nile. But what I found rather strange was that our group was accompanied, from the time we left the airport until our return, by an armed security person who even escorted us from the 'bus to the doors of the museum and back again. Except, however, towards the end of our tour we were taken to what we were told was possibly the busiest street in the World (I can't remember its name) and were "dumped" and told to have a wander amidst the crowds and meet at a certain point two hours later. It was actually a very interesting experience to walk (or struggle) along this street and its off-shoots which were jam-packed with humanity but it just seemed a little strange that we were "abandoned" like this. No harm came to us but it made me wonder just what the purpose of the armed security person was.
papagolf21 (110262) 2016-09-12 14:29
Bonsoir, cher ami Gert,
Ce sont des pages d'archives, voire d'Histoire à travers ces images numérisées.
Merci de nous replonger en arrière !
carlo62 (55660) 2016-09-12 15:28
Sembrano foto uscite da un libro di storia. Dico questo perché ho dei vecchi libri che ogni tanto vado a rivedere che hanno foto di questo genere. Bellissime, mi piace molto sfogliare quei libri e mi piacciono queste foto.
lousat (98221) 2016-09-12 16:11
Hi Gert,i been there for the first time in 1995 and it seems to watch pics like mine..ehe..but the class is very very high,i like a lot the main pic but i prefere the very rich composition and view of the 2nd WS,interesting work in progress around the car too,well done!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
PiotrF (23132) 2016-09-12 16:23
Great series of photos from your archive with the place.
Perfect exposure and good color saturation.
Technical a very well picture.Nice work.
jemaflor (103585) 2016-09-12 23:47
Impressive architecture for this fortress, well taken from an interesting angle, good effect also with light and shadows as also all these people to give life at your view.
Royaldevon (43865) 2016-09-13 0:44
I have really enjoyed looking at all your photographs. There are details which are so much of a time gone by. Although I have never been to Cairo, from photographs that I have seen, I would suspect much has changed.
I feel the sense of anguish in your notes, how have common people changed. It feels like that many times, that where people were unthreatening and neighbourly, now there is suspicion and conflict!
Back to your main photograph which is just wonderful! The busy everyday life of the street shows old transport combined with new and the tall, imposing walls of the mosque as a contextual backcloth.
Have a lovely day,
abmdsudi (58218) 2016-09-13 1:13
You've worked a decent composition to set them off with the minaret grabs attention and it shows the simplicity reflecting the old age of the capture. A reasonably good record shot to rest the eye. Well done.
Nicou (151958) 2016-09-13 2:07
quelle animation dans la rue ou se mêlent voitures personnes et charrettes tirées par des ânes ou chevaux et quel rendu sur cette tour avec le mur les créneaux fantastique.
Bravo et amitié
jhm (160851) 2016-09-13 4:33
Again a very well scanned picture Gert, also the two additonal pictures are pleasant to look at, perfect informative.
An excellent composition lovely sharp and clear
Very well done, TFS
pajaran (66294) 2016-09-13 5:45
Lep pogled, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici, dobro uradjeno skeniranje slajda, lepo pokazano.
Lepa stara arhitektura.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje sa lepim secanjem na 1983. godinu, srecno.
Nice view, interesting and good text ...
Good work with beautiful photographs in the workshop, well done scanning slides, nice shown.
Beautiful old architecture.
Nice afternoon and all the best with beautiful memories of the 1983 year, good luck.
sacimar (28927) 2016-09-13 6:46
interesting building you show here, I like the architecture and the atmosphere of this place 30 years ago, well seen,
gervaso (16807) 2016-09-13 9:21
Wonderful architecture of this Mosque, and it's great the inclusion of the traffic outside, making an interesting contrast! The workshops are also beautiful, especially the view of the last one, from a high POV! Excellent compositions! Well done!
Silvio1953 (154001) 2016-09-13 9:30
Ciao Gert, great view of fantastic fortifications, lovely composition with a lot of interesting people, excellent perspective, good clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
macjake (73057) 2016-09-13 16:38
If we could give 4 points for a photo on TE, I would certainly have done it with this trio of shots.
I'm actually VERY surprised you didn't post the other two as main posts in the future, especially the one with the men changing the car tire - thats a wicked cool post!!!!!!!!!
Before looking at the date you captured the photo, i was trying to guess what it would be - I guessed mid 70's because of the type of cars we see - clearly I was wrong but it was fun guessing. great shots
emka (107671) 2016-09-14 1:22
Your pictures - this one and two Workshops made that I recalled my day in Cairo ten years after you made this picture. I was with an organized tour, in that time there were first Polish tours to Egypt. But already then, I didn't like the official program with the visits in the shops, so I left a group somewhere in the center and went all alone in the city. First I wanted to see Ibn Tulum Mosque - the oldest mosque in the city surviving in its original form, and the largest mosque in Cairo in terms of land area. It has a characteristic spiral minaret. Have you seen it? after that I walked seeing more mosques, the crowded streets like here, not only with donkeys but also with herds of goats or sheep. it was strange feeling to be the only woman in sight, and white, but I didn't care. Later a local guy wanted to accompany me and to exercise his English. Why not, and it was good idea. He guided me to interesting places, small Workshops where I was given some rest and tea. I was on some minarets with muezzins, in Al Azhar Mosque and Khan Al Khalili souk. I was so happy when in the late evening I found my hotel, I was not quite sure about it: I had to go by metro, not so easy to find the station to get off.
It seems to me that I was here too. But I can't consult it with my pictures, I made videos in that time.
WArm regrad s Malgo
vasilpro (41661) 2016-09-14 9:03
Beautiful daily life and street scene with interesting architecture, tfs!
pierrefonds (71649) 2016-09-14 15:16
The presence of the people is animating the scene. The point of view is showing the details of the minaret. You had a good scanning of the Kodachrome slide. Have a nice day.
batalay (40521) 2016-09-14 16:09
It's always a pleasure to see your photos from your time capsule preserved on Kodachrome slides. I imagine a photo in 2016 would not differ too much except for a heavier traffic and newer cars. The donkey carts would still be there (I shot anachronistic scene 2-3 years ago of a donkey cart carrying a TV-Satellite dish).
bukitgolfb301 (45365) 2016-09-14 19:37
Hi dear Gert
Another great archive shot passing truough 33 years.
So fantatsic and nostalgic image as same as your aonther shots. We never see the dunkeys there right now. The best framework and composition image as always.
All the best and have a good day! Takero
chrisnet (23062) 2016-09-15 7:40
Thanks for this interesting archive of Cairo, I like the good quality of the shot, and the daily life scene, well done.
adramad (49946) 2016-09-15 11:49
Sensational images, after 33 years, shows us a city environment, very different from what it is today, splendid original this ancient minaret, I do not remember seeing before, the street scene with cars and carts pulled by mules, is a spectacle.
Sharpness, lighting, color, and the magnificent composition; are all factors perfectly made, in this beautiful image.
Well done. I like very much.
You have a good day.
claudeD (41844) 2016-09-16 3:11
very fine and interesting street view from Cairo showing much and interesting details.Very good informative note. I like the 33 years ols view very much.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
mcmtanyel (29608) 2016-09-16 21:02
I miss the cars in this photo. Once again, it is a first rate historic slide.
COSTANTINO (70166) 2016-09-17 23:31
Hello dear Gert and have a nice time
and a happy Sunday
impressive capture from Cairo so many years ago
showing another way of living and so many details
of the daily life very well composed
serp2000 (45970) 2016-09-22 4:23
I have never been in Cairo. This wall reminds me a Kremlin one. Another impressive comeback to the past. Very interesting details of the Oriental city of 1980th, I have see a lot of French and Japanese cars with a local donkey on the road. Amazing ethnic flavor, when I was in 2005-2010 in Hurghada I saw new cars and new buildings only.
Best wishes from rainy Urals!
jmdias (69196) 2016-10-01 7:11
it is a pity the country is some turbulent for tourism in these last years, it is one of the places everybody wants to know.very nice this slice of the urban landscape including a precious muslim monument and the daily life in that time. TFS.
Cricri (126666) 2016-10-02 9:48
Intéressant de voir les images du Caire, je n'ai pas visiter la ville, trop de monde !! trois belle réalisation, netteté, couleurs, comme les deux présentations aussi en WS