Cairo Beyond the Pyramids

The markets, the mosques, the people, the haze. Alex Freemon sends these pictures of the Egyptian capital.

By / July 2015

Admit it. You’ve seldom seen a photo of Cairo that didn’t include at least one pyramid or crumbling Sphinx. They are far and away the main attraction. But 20 million people live here, and the city they call home is filled with color, energy, and culture that extend far beyond those enigmatic piles of stone. — AF

Photograph by Alex Freemon The Great Mosque of Mohammed Ali in downtown Cairo. Also known as the “Alabaster Mosque,” it dates from the mid-nineteenth century and is one of the most recognizable Muslim landmarks in North Africa.


Photograph by Alex FreemonHeaps of dried dates are a common site in almost every market around Cairo.


Photograph by Alex FreemonCrowds choke the narrow streets of the Khan Khalili Market in the Islamic District of Cairo. One of the largest and best known bazaars in the city, Khan Khalili is a favorite gathering point for locals and visitors alike.


Photograph by Alex FreemonAn mix of desert sand and air pollution, haze settles over the city, obscuring views of the pyramids looming in the distance.


Photograph by Alex FreemonMohammed eeks out a living peddling history and information to the dwindling crowds of tourists who brave the country’s political unrest to lay their eyes on some of the world’s most well-known sites.


Photograph by Alex FreemonA stroll through the spice market in Cairo’s historic district is a symphony of fragrance impossible to forget.


Alex Freemon is a Dubai-based photographer.