Index World Press Photo
September 2011 | Edition Fifteen     



Egyptian photojournalist Myriam Abdelaziz was fulfilling two roles as she spent eighteen days in and around Tahrir Square in her country’s capital, Cairo, during the recent revolution there.


  Myriam Abdelaziz

“As an Egyptian citizen, I was there both to protest as well as to document what was going on,” the 35-year-old, now based in New York, says.

Myriam, who turned to photography after years working in marketing, has had work published in a host of publications, including Marie-Clare, Forbes Magazine, and The British Journal of Photography.

After being named in 2009 by the Magenta Foundation as one of the twenty-five Emerging Photographers in the USA, Myriam decided to start splitting her time between Cairo and New York so she could start visually exploring the land of her origins.

Of her time recording the Egyptian revolution, Myriam says: “I tried to grab the moments without affecting them, just by being discreet. Or maybe this is what happens naturally when someone photographs something she is, in fact, participating in.”

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