Pilgrimage to Djerba by Christopher Wilton-Steer

The ancient El Ghriba Synagogue, is located on the Tunisian island of Djerba.

The synagogue is the oldest in Tunisia, and besides being the centre of the island's Jewish life is also a site of pilgrimage, whose status approaches that of the Holy Land; one of the legends associated with its founding claims that either a stone or a door from Solomon's Temple or the Second Temple is incorporated in the building.

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The Artisans of al-Darb al-Ahmar: Life and Work in Historic Cairo by Christopher Wilton-Steer

The story of the artisans of al-Darb al-Ahmar. Discover one of Cairo’s most historic but undiscovered neighbourhoods, home to 1,000 artisans workshops and 40 monuments of Islamic architecture. This series, which was exhibited at London’s Royal Geographical Society, presents artisans at work some of whom are part of a tradition going back a thousand years but whose skills may not last another generation.

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Meet the Artisans of al-Darb al-Ahmar - photo essay series by Christopher Wilton-Steer

A selection of photo essays about some of the artisans who live and work in and around Cairo's al-Darb al-Ahmar. These interviews shed light on the age-old techniques employed by artisans to create their everyday masterpieces and showcase the people and personalities that make up daily life of one of Cairo's most historic neighbourhoods.

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Exhibition opening: The Artisans of al-Darb al-Ahmar by Christopher Wilton-Steer

I am excited to announce that an exhibition of my photographs will open on 22 March at the Royal Geographical Society, London. The exhibiton celebrates the people, culture and activity that takes place in al-Darb al-Ahmar, a historic district of Cairo that is home to 1,000 artisan workshops.

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Boat builders of Zanzibar by Christopher Wilton-Steer

About four kilometres outside of Stone Town, Zanzibar, near the ruins of the 19th century Arab Sultan Barghash’s palace lies Maruhubi fishing village. Quiet during the afternoons, the village comes alive in the evenings when fishermen set out for 12 hour shifts at sea returning exhausted at around 6 o’clock in the morning. 

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