Born in 1936, Mansour witnessed
Mansour’s interest in photography started during his high school years, when he became friends with the owner of Studio Garden City in
When he returned to
Mansour publishes his work on several photography websites on the Internet. Many Egyptian photographers post their work there for international exposure. Talents meeting the standards of ‘The Salon’ are granted full membership. If however, they still need to refine their work, people with promising talents are invited to become “Friends of The Salon”, where they can participate in almost all the activities, however their work does not get exhibited. Later on, if they qualify, they can become members.
The board of ‘The Salon’ always tries to get meaningful themes for each exhibition that would be challenging for photographers and at the same time educating to society by focusing on various elements of the Egyptian heritage. Themes evolve around the
Mansour complains that photography is not considered an art in
Not only is photography not appreciated as an art, but also as a profession. Photographers, who make a living from their work, have to go through a lot of red-tape and routine procedures in order to get permissions where they can photograph. “Despite the fact that satellites today can get pictures of anything, all what we get here is: Don’t come close. No photography permitted”, Adel Mansour points out. Furthermore, when working in historical sites, photographers do not just pay entrance fees, but they also have to buy tickets for the cameras and even additional tickets if they bring along a tri-pod. Mansour emphasizes that these sites are part of the Egyptian heritage. They are owned by the Egyptian people, not by the government. In addition and very importantly, the profession needs a syndicate of its own to defend the photographers’ rights and to fight for ending restrictions and resolving problems.
In spite of the lack of appreciation, Mansour strongly believes that photography in