The first images of Egyptians flooding Cairo’s Tahrir Square this January captivated people around the world, long before anyone knew the protesters would actually topple their government. Scenes from the Arab Spring have become icons of a rare achievement—peaceful, successful revolution—so it is no surprise they are also being heralded as contemporary art. Nadav Neuhaus, a 39-year-old photographer who had traveled extensively in Egypt before the revolution, was able to return and capture the scenes leading up to President Mubarak’s resignation. Neuhaus’s photography focuses on newsworthy events, yet he also highlights the human scale, capturing images that might be missed in the daily news cycle.
"Nadav’s work makes one feel that they are right there in the moment," explains Casey Kelbaugh, the founder of Slideluck Potshow, who co-curated a recent show on "upheaval" featuring Neuhaus. Conflict photographers and artists, Kelbaugh says, tell stories that the world might otherwise not hear. The Nation’s Ari Melber interviewed Neuhaus about several of the photographs from his recent show here in New York.
Credit: Nadav Neuhaus