Giza | The Second Largest Suburb in the World

Words and images ©  BEN TERZZA

Words and images © BEN TERZZA

British-based PHOTOGRAPHER Ben Terzza takes us to Giza in his series 'The Second Largest suburb in the world,' CAPTURING the complexities of a hugely important historical suburb.

'The Second Largest Suburb' represents the current state of Giza—a famous suburb of the Giza Plateau. Giza itself is steeped in architectural history, containing several impressive ancient monuments of the world; including the ancient Egyptian royal mortuary, the sacred structures of the Egyptians and the Great Sphinx—which attracts many worldwide visitors (roughly three million per year before the 2011 revolution). The dusty region is the second largest suburb in the world with roughly six million people.

Having survived the overthrow of two governments, the oppressive regime of Hosni Mubarak was toppled in 2011—which led to a period of turmoil within Egypt. Looting of antiquities at the Giza sites became common with the majority of security personnel transferred to Cairo. 

The summer of 2012 welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood into power with Muhammed Morsi acting as the first democratically elected president in Egypt’s history. Just over a year later he was ousted in a Coup d’état that saw one of the largest protest demonstrations in modern times with an estimated 14 million people taking to the streets. This series follows the cross over between tourism, population and political conflict on this hugely important historical suburb.