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Photographing in Egypt I discovered that the ancient is as alive as the present, and magical — the camera eye saw the past as I lived it! I explored the rarely visited people and landscapes of the countryside, the all-dominating Nile and the miraculous ruins and desert beyond.
While in Egypt I relied mostly on public transportation: trains, buses and cabs between towns. I had a particularly remarkable adventure spending a week on a felucca, the typical sailboat on the Nile, on which I went from Aswan to Luxor. Many of the famous ruins are situated along the Nile and to approach them from the river was amazing. I very much enjoyed the company of my two English speaking Nubian boatmen and sleeping under the stars as we berthed along the shore of the Nile.
Larry Siegel’s career has included important stints as a teacher, curator, and gallery director in New York and abroad. He has had shows in the U.S., Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, and Spain, and his photographs are owned by the New York Public Library, the Museum of Modern Art, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Galerie Fiolet in Amsterdam, and many private collectors. Currently he divides his time between photographing, teaching, and writing.