On the Edge of Giza


This series features portraits of rental horses and their riders (tour guides) in the vicinity of the Pyramids of Giza. It aims to subvert the “white backdrop” and “decorative prop” conventions of 19th and early-20th century orientalist photography in Egypt: Instead of using the backdrop to disconnect the subject from their surroundings, the frame embraces the iconic site upon which countless livelihoods depend, drawing attention to the wire fence that stands between the guides and the pyramids.

Due to Egypt’s political instability since the revolution, the tourism sector has suffered: These guides and their horses now work outside the official Giza complex (where there is no entrance fee), primarily servicing local Egyptian visitors (for a lesser charge), as well as offering additional nightly tours to small tea shops in the sand dunes.