Food and People By Charlie Grosso
"Wok the Dog" is a long term photographic series that examines theÂ commerce of meat, the market place around the world. Since 2004, I have photographed markets in 20 countries and 74 cities. For another international adventures, read my past Food and People post about Masaya.
I arrived in Luxor, Egypt just after Eid Al-Adha, Feast of Abraham. Markets were closed during the high holidays and the markets in Luxor were gradually awaking itself and reassembling. There were butcher shops in the most uncommon places, down a strange alley way on your way to the main drag, for example.
Complete sides of cow hang down from hooks just outside the shop while butchers break down the carcass right there on the street. The masculine nature of Islamic culture is on view here as men out numbers women in the markets.Â Friendly vendors smile at me as I seem to the be only traveler who is willing to stay a minute and not hurry through in disgust like the other tourists. The markets are not a novelty to me. The market is the authentic view on any culture one can have.
If you are in NYC during March and April, come and see images from "Wok the Dog" in person at HousProjects in SoHo.Â Â For more images from Wok the Dog and information, visits: www.charliegrosso.com