A Cairo Minute is a series of pictures made up of multiple shots taken over a minute or so, then stitched together to create a panorama. As in any busy city (Cairo has 12 million people) in any given place, people come and go. Some are moving and some are not in a rush. A single picture or moment can seldom capture the movement and feelings of watching the city go by. Life plays out in front of us and these scenes try to solve the problem of the limited frame of a still camera, making the results like a short clip of film in a still picture or a story board.

The pictures need careful examination as it is not possible to take it all in at a glance. We shamelessly edit in and edit out. We wait for things to happen and build up the collage. Edges are missing and often people look fragmented or incomplete, but that is all part of the experience. Click on the categories above

Omair Barkatulla is a graphic designer and photographer interested in cities and their representation. Nabeela Akhtar is a photographer interested in documenting human emotions and movements. Both from the UK, now living in Maadi, Cairo.


4 responses

  1. I really like your work and your way of looking at things. Your pictures look very alive and a bit raw. I really enjoy that a lot. Please keep sharing.

    April 23, 2013 at 2:32 pm

  2. Bill Wheeler

    Just writing to say how much I enjoyed viewing your photographs on Leica Liker and reading the interview. The world comes alive in your pictures. Thank you. Bill Wheeler, Colorado USA

    March 10, 2014 at 5:58 pm

  3. acairominute

    Thank you Bill!

    March 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

  4. acairominute


    March 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

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