The Second Largest Suburb represents the current state of Giza – the famous suburb of the Giza Plateau. Giza itself is steep in architectural history holding several impressive ancient monuments of the world, including the ancient Egyptian royal mortuary, the sacred structures of the Egyptians and the Great Sphinx, which attracts many worldwide visitors (Roughly 3 Million per year – Pre 2011 Revolution.) The dusty region is the second largest suburb in the world with roughly 6 Million people.
Having survived the overthrow of two governments, the oppressive regime of Hosni Mubarak was toppled in 2011 which led to a period of complete unknown within Egypt. Looting of antiquities at the Giza sites became common with the majority of security personnel transferred to Cairo.
The summer of 2012 welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood into power with Mohamed Morsi acting as the first democratically elected president in Egypt’s history. Just over a year later he was ousted in a Coup d’état that sore one of the largest protest demonstrations in modern times with an estimated 14 million people taking to the streets. The project follows the cross over between tourism, population and political conflict on this hugely important historical.
Ben Terzza (b. 1989, Nottingham , UK ). After completing a BSc in Science and travelling Europe he has established himself with a focus in Documentary Photography. He completed his MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at Westminster University, London after receiving a bursary from the Worshipful Company of Stationers . His work primarily explores landscapes through the political and ecological questions around our contemporary environments.
© text and pictures by Ben Terzza