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The basics of working in Egypt

Has anybody been working in Egypt recently? I am about to arrive and am wondering if there are any things I should be aware of if working freelance as a photo/video journalist? Any contacts for fixers, translators, etc would be appreciated if you have them. This is my virgin run so the more info the better please, the more obvious the better. Cheers.

by Kim Beamish at 2012-02-07 04:48:35 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Holy crap – Be careful.

by Brian C Frank | 07 Feb 2012 05:02 | Des Moines, Iowa, United States | | Report spam→
I was there during the week of the first anniversary. It was quite calm by comparison to the events after the soccer match. I never had problems to shot pictures etc. If you go to Tahrir you will find foreigners and it is easy of course to start a conversation and hang around with them. On lightstalkers are some fixers from Cairo as well, maybe you could contact them too?

Be aware of the traffic and dont use black Taxis. Use the white ones.

Have a nice trip, enjoy it. Cairo is great!

by Ole Elfenkaemper | 07 Feb 2012 08:02 (ed. Feb 7 2012) | Stockholm, Sweden | | Report spam→
Ole. You got any info about registering with SCAF or any other government body?

by Kim Beamish | 12 Feb 2012 10:02 | Canberra, Australia | | Report spam→
No i havent heard anything about that. For me it was quite easy to enter Egypt, cuz I have a german ID so i didnt need a passport at all. I just bought a visa for 15US$ at the airport and this is it. I entered Egypt also as a ‘tourist’ and for ‘other’ reasons. So in the end, no problems at all either at the airport or in the streets.

by Ole Elfenkaemper | 12 Feb 2012 11:02 | Stockholm, Sweden | | Report spam→
Kim – I responded on your other thread with info on how to get Egyptian accreditation.

by Scout Tufankjian | 12 Feb 2012 14:02 | Brooklyn!, United States | | Report spam→
I saw another post asking about where to buy camera gear in Cairo. I’ve used Ali Khaled Ibrahem to buy lens and some other small items. Limited selection but nice guy. Shop is in an apartment on Adly Street. Full address 58 Adly St. Second floor apartment 19/B. Best contact is a guy called Yessir 0100 424 5256.
For repairs they suggested I go to Photo Labib, contact Eyzat on 012 6573586. Although I have never tried this service.
Any luck getting a press card from Maspero? It took me over a month but it has proved useful.

by Laurence Underhill | 26 Feb 2012 14:02 | Cairo, Egypt | | Report spam→
Stay away from the military as far as possible, i did not do that last year and got in serious trouble when covering the uprising and was caught by the military.

by foad karo | 26 Feb 2012 20:02 | stockholm, Sweden | | Report spam→
Thanks Laurence and Foad. Yes I have heard that Maspero is a bit of an ordeal and have also been told it is best to deal with when on the ground in Cairo? Been told the machine gun mounted out the front window is a little off putting as well as the still hanging picture of Mubarak over looking the room. Subtle!

Thanks Scout, info was good to get.


by Kim Beamish | 26 Feb 2012 21:02 | Canberra, Australia | | Report spam→
Anyone know where to get 35mm colour negative developed in Cairo?

by CR | 02 Mar 2012 22:03 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→

I don’t have an answer however check out these guys as they may have an answer.



by Kim Beamish | 03 Mar 2012 04:03 | Canberra, Australia | | Report spam→

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Kim Beamish, Multimedia Producer Kim Beamish
Multimedia Producer
(In Cairo)
Cairo , Egypt ( CAI )
Brian C Frank, Photographer Brian C Frank
Des Moines, Iowa , United States
Ole Elfenkaemper, Photographer Ole Elfenkaemper
London , United Kingdom
Scout Tufankjian, Red Sox Fan, Snapper Scout Tufankjian
Red Sox Fan, Snapper
Brooklyn! , United States
Laurence Underhill, Photographer Laurence Underhill
Cairo , Egypt ( CAI )
foad karo, foad karo
Bangui , Central African Republic
CR, Documentary Photographer CR
Documentary Photographer
Sydney , Australia ( SYD )


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