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Brian Driscoll September 19, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Egypt.

Dewaza, Gamaleya, Cairo.  2012

Brian Driscoll (b.1978, USA) is a recent graduate of the Documentary and Photojournalism Program at The International Center of Photography, where he was a recipient of the Director’s fellowship. Brian’s work has been exhibited at festivals and galleries nationally and internationally including PowerHouse arena and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow. He was a participant at the Eddie Adams Workshop XXII, and in 2011 he was selected and featured as an “Emerging Talent” by Reportage by Getty Images. In 2012, Brian has been recognized with awards from the Magenta Foundation, New York Photo Festival Invitational, Social Documentary.net and the International Journal of Media and Information Policy. He is currently based in New York City.

About the Photograph:

“I took this photograph at the home of Nadia Shebl Ibrahim and Amm Ahmed Salama. They are the parents of Ayman Hegazy, 30, who was accused of burning the Science building near Tahrir Square, downtown Cairo on December 19, 2011. Ayman was abducted by the Supreme council of Armed Forces, (SCAF) while asleep in his bed at home on December 23, 2011. He is currently detained inside Tora security prison in Maadi, Cairo. His parents and brother await his judgment day, then a trial will be set. Some victims have remained in detention for up to a year. According to human rights groups, it is not clear how many people are behind bars in Egypt for political views and/ or actions. SCAF is using military trials as a means to restrain dissent and create a climate of fear in Egypt.”

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