On a Wednesday evening in Cairo, Egypt, we talk to Nadia Rifaat as we discover her works. Born 60 years ago, Nadia is a late beginner in photography. Although she always had a camera ever since her childhood, her real passion for photography only developed when she was in her 50s.
"It began with an interest in birding and a desire to observe and capture beautiful bird photos", she says. Nadia says as she shot more and learned more about photography, she experienced a sense of transformation regarding how she see the world around me. The camera made her more inquisitive and attentive to details, to people and to life in general. From an interest in birds, she developed a stronger interest in people, in their daily lives, in the many contradictions evident in Egyptian streets, and in capturing small fleeting moments that convey larger stories and meanings.
She has been influenced by the work of renowned Egyptian street photographer Karim El Hayawan as well as by Galal El Missary, one of Egypt's most accomplished photographers. She loves colours and the vibrancy, and different meanings and feelings they convey in the viewer, and in this, she admires the works of American photographer and author Bryan Peterson.
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