Photographer based in Cairo, Egypt >> Shawn Baldwin

Egypt Contested

Egyptians struggle everyday to make ends meet.

Tear gas sits in a small park as protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi battle with riot police along Qasr Al Nil bridge, which leads to Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. January 2013.
  
Boats make their way down the Nile river in Cairo, Egypt. October 2010.
  
Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi hide in a cabinet during clashes with police near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. Two years after Egypt's revolution began, the country's schism was on display Friday as the mainly liberal and secular opposition held rallies saying the goals of the pro-democracy uprising have not been met and denouncing Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. January 2013.
     
  
A young girl works in a cotton field in Benha, Egypt, 48 kms north of Cairo, Egypt. September 2010.
  
A man sells popcorn from a cart during a moulid in Tanta, Egypt. Every year following the October cotton harvest the Tanta moulid, a religious festival, is held to celebrate the memory of Ahmed al-Bedawi, a local 13th Century Sufi saint. The Tanta moulid, is the largest one held in Egypt attracting at least tens of thousands of people from around the country. October 2008.
  
Hawkers sell cotton candy on the corniche in Alexandria, Egypt. November 2007.
     
  
Customers look through a window while waiting to buy bread at a small bread factory in a poor neighborhood in Cairo. June 2008.
  
Women make their way through an impoverished neighborhood in Cairo, Egypt. September 2012.
  
Anti-Mursi protesters chant anti-government slogans in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. November 2012.
     
  
A shepherd keeps watch over his flock on a busy street in Cairo. Cairo is home to 15 million and often described as the center of the Arab world, an incubator of culture and ideas. But it is also a collection of villages, a ruralized metropolis where people live by their wits and devices, cut off from the authorities, the law and often each other. January 2007.
  
Customers look on as a worker pours sugar cane juice at the Saad Afifi Sons - Sugarcane Juice shop in Cairo, Egypt. The juice made from sugar cane sells for less than 10 cents each. May 2007.
  
Zabbaleen and pig farmer Morgan Girgis, 30-years-old, chases after a pig which will be brought to the slaughter house, inside a pig pen beside his home in a predominately Coptic Christian neighborhood in Manshiet Nasser in Cairo, Egypt. He was forced by the government to sell his pigs. May 2009.
     
  
Brides and grooms prior to a mass wedding ceremony in Idku, Egypt. November 2007.
  
Egyptian women hold a poster of Makarem el-Dairi, left, a 55-year old widow and holder of a PH.D. in Arabic literature and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood who is running as an independent for a seat in parliament, during a march in Cairo. Makarem has just become the only woman in Egypt's election campaign to run under the banner of the Muslim Brotherhood, the banned group that says woman's place is first and foremost in the home. November 2005.
  
Fishermen ply their trade on the Nile in Cairo. Cairo is home to 15 million and often described as the center of the Arab world, an incubator of culture and ideas. But it is also a collection of villages, a ruralized metropolis where people live by their wits and devices, cut off from the authorities, the law and often each other. January 2007.
     
  
Ahmed Mohamed Sayyid Mohamed prays prior to the main Friday prayer at the Sayyida Zeinab mosque in Cairo, Egypt. Ahmed prays before and after the main prayer for extra 'points'.  November 2007.
  
An Egyptian woman leaves a voting booth at a polling station in Alexandria, Egypt. Egyptian police restricted voting in areas contested by the opposition Muslim Brotherhood on Saturday and detained hundreds of Islamists trying to build on early success in parliamentary elections. November 2005.
  
A man on a bus looks at supporters of Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, a former Brotherhood leader running for president, at a campaign event  in Abu Kabir, Egypt. May 2012.
     
  
A young girl looks on as hundreds of people search for survivors after a rockslide hit a Cairo shanty town. Twenty people were killed and hundreds more missing when a massive rockslide hit a crowded Cairo shanty town on Saturday, sending rocks and boulders crashing down on dozens of houses. September 2008.
  
A member of the Egyptian security forces tries to hold back the crowd inside a vote counting area in Al-Mansurah, Egypt. The final phase of Egypt's month-long parliamentary polls kicked off amid high tension, with the Muslim Brotherhood and the country's judges determined to resist state interference. December 2005.
  
Men line up outside of a polling station in Cairo, Egypt. November 2011.
     
  
Egyptian election officials begin counting ballots at a collection center for ballot boxes in Cairo on Tuesday after a second day of voting in Egypt’s parliamentary elections. November 2011.
  
The Citadel at sunset in Cairo, Egypt. December 2009.