Dutch photographer Mark Nozeman recently spent two month in Cairo. I like his Cairo Chairs the best. Enough to reblog them here. I can assure you that Caireen streets are plastered with these chairs: house masters (bawebs), guards, car washers/parking attendants, policemen, street sellers, an established place means you have your chair.
In light of the wastefulness in other areas (water use, fuel), getting the last bit of life out of chairs is a good thing in my book. But looking at this series my mind finds it difficult to avoid its symbolic potential. The country has been in trouble for quite a while longer than the present day. Many Egyptians remember the Nasser days with nostalgia, but it was a military dictatorship with many flaws. Policies may have changed under Sadat and Mubarak, but many of Egypt’s woes germinated under the great leader. The country’s poor have been sitting on broken chairs for a long time already. So you are urged to help me out here and pin it down: which of these chairs represents Egypt’s current situation?