- Hardcover: 120 pages
- Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing (31 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907893199
- ISBN-13: 978-1907893193
- Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 2 x 30.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,198,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dust: Egypt's Forgotten Architecture Hardcover – 31 May 2012
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About the Author
Born in Russia (St.-Petersburg), lives between St.-Petersburg, Stockholm and Cairo. She studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and graduated from Russian Academy of Fine Arts in St-Petersburg (MA in History of Art). Xenia Nikolskaya taught photography at Russian Academy of Fine Arts and St.-Petersburg State University. In 2009 she was a visiting teacher at Rutgers University, New Jersey. She worked as a curator for The State Russian Centre of Photography. Currently she teaches photography at American University in Cairo, works as a curator/project leader for Swedish Institute and Fargfabriken (Centre for Contemporary Art and Architecture, Stockholm). Fulbright fellow, been working as a professional photographer since 1995, and has done 15 solo shows, her photos presented in several collections like: Sveriges Allmanna Konstforening, UBS bank, Bibliotheca Alexandria Arts Centre and many private institutions. Among her commissions are: Newsweek, Conde Nast Traveler, GEO, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Center for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Hermitage State Museum.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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I admit that I was drawn to the book immediately by the cover photo of a fireplace in my family house in Garden City, which I called 'The Cairo House' in the eponymous novel. There are several other photos taken in the house, but many more of very varied spaces.