'Parallax Error' explores cultural sensibilities in Egypt and the fault-lines between Western photography and Islamic morality. This unusual archive of images opens up a dialogue between a certain misogynistic tradition in the history of Western photography and its uneven reception within Islamic culture. This visual project negotiates image politics by questioning the aesthetic values of the photographic medium.

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A brief account on the making of this book.
Ronnie Close moved to Cairo in January 2012 to teach photography at the AUC university. He noticed some photo books in art spaces, like the Townhouse Gallery library, had been marked whereby any naked human forms had been delicately covered over. A few months later he ordered a new photography textbook, Graham Clarke’s The Photograph, for the courses he teaches at the university, however, the governmental agency Censorship of Creative Arts (Al-Riqqab a Ala El Musanafat El Fanneya) banned the book from educational use.
He decided to visit bookstores across the city to see what photography books are available for sale and if they were censored too. He found a small selection of 4 or 5 editions only and discovered that any reproductions of nude figures had been doctored with tape, ink or brush marks by the same agency. He started buying these books and put together a publication on state censored imagery. He sent out this found photo project to galleries and journals but some people became uncomfortable with the images, denying any censorship in Egypt nowadays.
In the process of making this publication he contacted local book printers. They became uncomfortable and said the images were ‘haram’ (immoral) and offensive to Islam and refused to print it. He explained to them that the book images had already been censored by the government and approved for public sale. They still refused. In the end, the printer agreed to print a blank book including five images only. Above is a selection from the 160 images unprinted.