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Nabil Boutros (Egypt/France)
Copts of Egypt
Nabil Boutros, Easter, 1998/2003

The history of Egypt has seen many religions. The Christianity of the Copts has its roots in the time of the pharaohs and has been influenced by the Arab and Byzantine worlds. Despite pressures from surrounding Islamic populations, the Copts still make up about ten percent of the Egyptian population. They are one of the largest Christian communities in the Middle East.

Nabil Boutros (b. Cairo, 1954) lives in Paris, where he studied art. He has close ties with the land of his birth, and for almost fifteen years he has been photographing various aspects of Egyptian society. He has done photo essays on Egyptian music, Cairo nights, and Egyptian cafes. With Copts of Egypt, Boutros offers a visual report on the life and traditions of one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.