Sufi mystics, Istanbul by Christopher Wilton-Steer

On the outskirts of Istanbul lies one of the few remaining Sufi monasteries in Turkey. Here, the local community gather to watch a performance of ‘whirling dervishes’ - a practice which originated from the teachings of the 13th-century Persian poet, Islamic theologian and Sufi mystic, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi.

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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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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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