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4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully depicted decay, 11 May 2013
To the average visitor, Egypt is all about pyramids, temples and tombs. However, for anyone who has wandered the streets of downtown Cairo and looked beyond the busy traffic, chaos and dust, and wondered what was beyond the sometimes intricately decorated façades of late 19th and early 20th century buildings, this book with its stunning and perfect photographs is a must-see.
Each photograph is a piece of art, creating its own atmosphere and telling many stories. As there is hardly any background information it leaves one's imagination to roam freely in a strange, secret perishing world of decay and apparent loneliness: Miss Nikolskaya has deliberately left out the presence of any people, which adds to the eerie atmosphere.
I found the total lack of outdoor shots of the particular buildings a little disappointing. (For a completer image I could recommend Paris along the Nile by Cyntia Myntti.). Also the photos in Nikolskaya's book are merely an anthology and far from complete as there are many other places - what about Helouan (Helwan), the once-famous watering place.