Cairo Pigeon Towers

I lived in Cairo, Egypt for four years. During this time, as a visual artist I decided to conduct a photographic work about the wooden towers devoted to pigeon farming. I walked in some of the most marginal areas of the metropolis including the Zabbaleen settlements (Cairo’s area devoted to informal rubbish collection ). I searched for these enigmatic structures and photograph them form a certain distance and from different angles.

My interest was to make a statement of how tough non-regulation citizens in a non-intentional way could raise these fragile structures and impact Cairo’s skyline. In an unexpected way in these images , these structures belong to a city that resembles more a miniature city than a real one.

Manuel Alvarez Diestro