“The Road to Tahrir: Front Line Images by Six Young Egyptian Photographers” is an epic photo illustration of the trials, tribulations and joy that came out of the Egyptian Revolution just this past year. The book was put together by six Egyptian photographers, ranging from Egyptian to foreign education and experience in the field of photogprahy. The book was segmented into sections such as “The One Million Day Rally” or the “Clean Revolution.” And within each section, the photographers were able to capture the true emotions of the Egyptian people–in their faces, the art and graffiti used, or the exchanges between say military and citizens.
One can say that the revolution in Egypt was fueled by Facebook, Twritter and other forms of online media. However, on the ground it was posters, graffiti and various other sources of art and drawing that kept the people engaged and allowed them to participate in the process. These outlets of art were a method of expression and freedom of speech that was not seen or was forbidden in many parts of Egyptian society. The government repressed many forms of political expression, especially when it blatantly disregarded the Egyptian government, military and especially the former president. But in the book we see how important this freedom of expression and speech through art like murals, posters and graffiti was so important. What is amazing is that these outlets of “freedom,” whether they are graffiti or murals, still exist and are present everywhere in Egypt. Almost as a reminder of what used to be.