At the start of the revolution, Kim Badawi started his portrait series of the youth activists on the street. After nearly three weeks of social mobilization, riots and street altercations, millions of Egyptians from all walks of life gathered in Tahrir Square anticipating their president of 30 years to finally step down. On the eve of the fall of Mubarak's long reign, Kim took this opportunity to also document the activists in an apartment near to Tahrir Square.
Over the past two weeks, these same peaceful demonstrators and activist were directly threatened, if not falsely arrested, and some cases beaten. As act of civil defiance anti-Mubarak demonstrators decided to camp out in the nearby Tahrir Square. Despite being tear-gassed, assaulted with Molotov cocktails and even shot at with high caliber firearms Tahrir Square became a safe-space for peaceful protest for anti-Mubarak uprising.
164 Tahrir is a series of portraits taken on the night of the to-be presidential D-day. Although, President Hosni Mubarak did not offer his resignation that evening, revolutionary spirit remained in full effect. As peaceful demonstrations continue across the capital, Egyptian youth proved to be more perseverant and more determined than ever.
In this so-called media based revolution, these subject regrouped at 164 Tahrir, a so-called “Facebook flat” where locals sympathetic to the revolution provide a safe haven for peaceful protests to recharge their cellular phones, use restrooms or just get some rest. Being present, I offered to photograph the soon-to be revolutionaries Facebook book portraits.
Not knowingly, less than 24 hours later, Egypt would be free.
There are 44 color portraits in the full edit. They are available upon request.