Walter Rothwell: Cairo cats and the bustle of human life in black and white street photographs

Walter Rothwell: Cairo cats and the bustle of human life in black and white street photographs

Walter Rothwell lives in London, one of the most photographed cities in the world. To get around photographic cliches, he resorts to the basic principle of street shooting – he focuses not on the spot, but on the moment. The locations are unchanged, and the moments are unique. In addition, he often travels, filming stray animals and the bustle of human life. For over 25 years, his documentary and street photographs have been published and exhibited in the UK, Europe and the USA. Walter Rothwell shoots most of the commercial work digitally, but creates personal photo projects with his favorite analogue media and prints his own black and white photographs. In addition, he practices panoramic street photography, a complex but useful format that can uniquely capture the scene. A few years ago, he was blind in the left eye, but, recovering from the shock, decided that he would continue to take pictures. For some time, Rothwell lived in Cairo, working on a documentary project. . As it turned out, the locals are not too approving of street shooting. “I took photographs in cities for many years, but I have never encountered anything like it. I explored various corners, but with almost the same result, ”says the photographer. – One of the most interesting and, unfortunately, least friendly areas is the historical quarter called Islamic Cairo. It was built over a thousand years ago, the streets look like a maze, and there are a lot of cats. ” Then Rothwell began photographing animals. And he was so carried away that he shot frames on the photo book “Cairo Cats.” In our selection are street shots of Rothwell from India, England, Egypt and Bangladesh, as well as desperate cats in Cairo. His works can be found on his personal website and on Instagram.

Camel. Author Walter Rothwell
Camel. Author Walter Rothwell

Station Kamalapur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Author Walter Rothwell
Station Kamalapur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Author Walter Rothwell

Sadarghat, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Author Walter Rothwell
Sadarghat, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Author Walter Rothwell

The Karni Mata Temple, home to over 25,000 rats. Rajasthan, India. Author Walter Rothwell
The Karni Mata Temple, home to over 25,000 rats. Rajasthan, India. Author Walter Rothwell

Winter. Author Walter Rothwell
Winter. Author Walter Rothwell

India. Author Walter Rothwell
India. Author Walter Rothwell

Flower seller. Train Station Kamalapur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Author Walter Rothwell
Flower seller. Train Station Kamalapur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Author Walter Rothwell

Dog silhouette. Varanasi, India. Author Walter Rothwell
Dog silhouette. Varanasi, India. Author Walter Rothwell

At the hotel, Kolkata, India. Author Walter Rothwell
At the hotel, Kolkata, India. Author Walter Rothwell

Varanasi, India. Author Walter Rothwell
Varanasi, India. Author Walter Rothwell

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2005. Written by Walter Rothwell
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2005. Written by Walter Rothwell

Woman praying at sunrise in the Ganges river. Varanasi, India, 2005. Written by Walter Rothwell
Woman praying at sunrise in the Ganges river. Varanasi, India, 2005. Written by Walter Rothwell

Mysore, India. Author Walter Rothwell
Mysore, India. Author Walter Rothwell

Mumbai, India. Author Walter Rothwell
Mumbai, India. Author Walter Rothwell

Gulshan Lake, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Author Walter Rothwell
Gulshan Lake, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Author Walter Rothwell

Morning walk, Varanasi, India. Author Walter Rothwell
Morning walk, Varanasi, India. Author Walter Rothwell

The Angel, London. Author Walter Rothwell
The Angel, London. Author Walter Rothwell

"James Bond". London. Author Walter Rothwell
"James Bond". London. Author Walter Rothwell

Symmetry, London. Author Walter Rothwell
Symmetry, London. Author Walter Rothwell

Author Walter Rothwell
Author Walter Rothwell

Big Ben, London. Author Walter Rothwell
Big Ben, London. Author Walter Rothwell

Birmingham, UK. Author Walter Rothwell
Birmingham, UK. Author Walter Rothwell

At the mall, Dubai. Author Walter Rothwell
At the mall, Dubai. Author Walter Rothwell

Palace of Westminster in the Fog, London. Author Walter Rothwell
Palace of Westminster in the Fog, London. Author Walter Rothwell

Windy London. Author Walter Rothwell
Windy London. Author Walter Rothwell

Pigeons on the steps of the British Museum, London. Author Walter Rothwell
Pigeons on the steps of the British Museum, London. Author Walter Rothwell

Dusseldorf, Germany. Author Walter Rothwell
Dusseldorf, Germany. Author Walter Rothwell

Female silhouette. Author Walter Rothwell
Female silhouette. Author Walter Rothwell

Panoramic street photography, London. Author Walter Rothwell
Panoramic street photography, London. Author Walter Rothwell

Couple, London. Author Walter Rothwell
Couple, London. Author Walter Rothwell

Tate Modern Gallery, London. Author Walter Rothwell
Tate Modern Gallery, London. Author Walter Rothwell

Sunny day in London. Author Walter Rothwell
Sunny day in London. Author Walter Rothwell

Trafalgar Square, London, 2011. By Walter Rothwell
Trafalgar Square, London, 2011. By Walter Rothwell

Street flowers, Amsterdam. Author Walter Rothwell
Street flowers, Amsterdam. Author Walter Rothwell

Fountain on Trafalgar Square, London. Author Walter Rothwell
Fountain on Trafalgar Square, London. Author Walter Rothwell

Giza, Egypt. Author Walter Rothwell
Giza, Egypt. Author Walter Rothwell

Fight in the trash, Cairo. Author Walter Rothwell
Fight in the trash, Cairo. Author Walter Rothwell

Horses at the pyramids of Giza, Egypt. Author Walter Rothwell
Horses at the pyramids of Giza, Egypt. Author Walter Rothwell

A young man runs after his father on a camel. Giza Pyramids, Egypt. Author Walter Rothwell
A young man runs after his father on a camel. Giza Pyramids, Egypt. Author Walter Rothwell

On the street of Giza, Egypt. Author Walter Rothwell
On the street of Giza, Egypt. Author Walter Rothwell

Sandstorm and pyramids of Giza, Egypt. Author Walter Rothwell
Sandstorm and pyramids of Giza, Egypt. Author Walter Rothwell

Giza pyramids at sunset. Author Walter Rothwell
Giza pyramids at sunset. Author Walter Rothwell

An early morning in Islamic Cairo. Author Walter Rothwell
An early morning in Islamic Cairo. Author Walter Rothwell

At the pyramids of Giza, Egypt. Author Walter Rothwell
At the pyramids of Giza, Egypt. Author Walter Rothwell

Street traffic, Giza, Egypt. Author Walter Rothwell
Street traffic, Giza, Egypt. Author Walter Rothwell

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