Cairo, Egypt

Food And People By Charlie Grosso

"Wok the Dog" is a long term photographic series that examines the commerce of meat, the market place around the world. Since 2004, I have photographed markets in 20 countries and 74 cities. For more about Arab markets, read my past Food and People posts about the Moroccan cities of Fez, Casablanca, and Kamil.

I was in Cairo during Eid Al-Adha, Feast of Abraham, which is a high holiday in the Islamic calendar. The markets were nearly all shut down and there were little business going on.

The quietness of the market had a different quality all together. It was like going back stage during rehearsal and seeing a different truth behind the show.

The empty crates and the empty cages speak to the respect for the high holidays and people's devotion. There is nothing left as everything is an offering of faith. These images of Cairo are especially poignant to me as I was in Cairo just mere 6 weeks before the protest that brought down a regime. Markets are absorbs the culture, the politics and the religion and reflects it back at you. These are the last images of a Cairo market as it was.

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