Item description for Paris Along the Nile: Architecture in Cairo from the Belle Epoque by Cynthia Myntti...
Cairo, 'Mother of the World': its vividly diverse neighborhoods and building styles reveal its cosmopolitan energy and reflect the myriad of economic, political, and cultural forces that have shaped the city over the centuries. So impressed was Khedive Ismail after a visit to Haussman's 'new' Paris in 1867 that he decided to build a modern city along the same architectural lines and aesthetics, and brought European architects to Cairo to initiate Egypt's most dynamic building period since medieval times. The stunning buildings of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Cairo remain, but they are neglected, threatened by pollution, and are being pulled down for concrete highrises and parking lots. Paris along the Nile captures in 200 black-and-white photographs the architectural jewels of 'modern' Cairo.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 9.75" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2003
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774248120 ISBN13 9789774248122
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More About Cynthia Myntti
Cynthia Myntti, who lived along the Nile in Cairo for nearly a decade, is an anthropologist and scholar of the Arab world. She has studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design; architectural photography is her passion.
Cynthia Myntti has an academic affiliation as follows - Minneapolis College of Art and Design; American University of Beirut.
Reviews - What do customers think about Paris Along the Nile: Architecture in Cairo from the Belle Epoque?
Not only for architects Sep 13, 2007
I bought this book because I wanted to have a look at old Cairo, this part of the city that has been unspoiled by time and, unfortunately, neglected by men. I think the Egyptian Government should do something to restore and exploit these buildings for the sake of Cairo's beauty. The pictures are nice and the texts are mainly for those who have an architectural interest for Cairo's past. I am not an architect, though, and I enjoyed the book - perhaps because I love this city very much.
Simply lovely! Jun 12, 2001
The beautiful photographs of the belle epoque buildings of Cairo fairly jump off the pages at you. This lovely, understated book should be a guide for architecture and restoration students and buffs. This is a great gift book for the right people.
"...an unabashed visual love letter..." Oct 11, 1999
From the Egyptian Press: "[Myntti's] photographs...overflow with her love of Cairo, so the photos have become more beautiful than professional photos, because it was the heart that recorded not the fixed lens that cannot feel the pulse." (Hussam Abd Rabbu, Akhir Saat.) "The French architecture of the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries makes up one of the most charming of Cairo's harlequin faces.... This era has left a strikingly beautiful imprint on the citscape. Myntti's zoom lens offers a graceful catalogue." (Francis Bickmore, Egypt's Insight.) "In its global significance and cosmopolitan sophistication, Cairo was not merely a copy of Paris, it was more than Paris. The book inivtes one to 'promenade' and also to protect these neglected treasures." (Bruno Ronfard, Al-Ahram Hebdo.)