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Since 2004, TAME and its sister project SIMBA Sight and Sound Agency have amassed several thousand high quality photos that present in-depth views of contemporary African life and culture. 

Students and recent graduates of the American University in Cairo (AUC) continue to add significant written, video and audio components to the print and web editions of the TAME and SIMBA projects. In 2010 we will present the third Cairo exhibition based on these projects. Recently, Professor Robert Jones began to engage his photography and graphic design classes in a Community-Based Learning Photo-Ethnography project sponsored by the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement. This project seeks to preserve the memory of Egypt's ancient crafts that are disappearing from 14 eco-zones across the country and will result in a coffeetable book and a series of catalogs and articles that explore this topic in-depth.

Recently work began on several projects that will engage the Nubian communities of Egypt and Sudan in several participatory media projects using sight and sound media in an effort to diminish the lines that separate Nubians from the mainstream Egyptian population. Planned activities include:

  • Portraits and picture stories about Cairo’s Nubian community’s individuals and organizations. Each subject’s family life will be documented by family members who will be trained in photographic storytelling. These results will be shared in community forums and over the TAME radio and television web stations which are scheduled for launch in 2009-10.
  • Documentation of Nubian life and culture including a documentary film and exhibition featuring two of Egypt’s most influential Nubian artists- Mr. Nasser El Din Taher and Mr. Ibrahim Sayed who have spent decades painting, drawing and recording intimate depictions of Nubian life in Sudan and Egypt for leading publications. We are also negotiating a collaborative media project between writers, filmmakers and photographers at the University of Khartoum, Howard University, Ahfad University for Women (Sudan) and the American University in Cairo.

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