The Russian photographer, Arseny Kotov, who was detained by the Cairo police, was released after a quarrel with the residents of the “Zabbalin” neighborhood in the Manshiet Nasser district of Cairo.
However, the story, between Kotov’s novel, the Egyptian police, and the people of the neighborhood, it seemed as if the attack was just an innocent portrayal, which developed into a misunderstanding on the part of the residents, which led to the outbreak of a quarrel, as a result of which the Russian photographer was injured, and the Egyptian police, then the embassy, intervened, and the matter ended.
And the Russian photographer, Arseny Kotov, had said that he found one of the people, in the “Zabbaleen neighborhood” near Jabal al-Muqattam in Manshiet Nasser in central Cairo, “waving his fist at him”, and then fighting broke out, and three other local residents joined that person, where The assailant thought the blogger was taking pictures of his wife.
Russian photographer Arseny Kotov
The Egyptian police did not charge Kotov, with the Russian photographer saying, “None of them spoke English. They took my passport, my camera, and I was detained at the police station.”
The press office of the Russian embassy in Egypt stated that Kotov was detained in the “Zabbaleen neighborhood” in Cairo after a dispute occurred between him and the local residents for taking photographs and videotaping, and the Russian embassy intervened.
The police returned him his passport and photo equipment, then he was transferred to the Russian consulate in Cairo, and he left the Egyptian capital for Moscow last night.
Photographer / Ksenia Nikolskaya
RT contacted the Russian photographer, Ksenia Nikolskaya, a lecturer in photography at the German University in Cairo, who has lived for a long time in Cairo, including during periods of political tension in the country, and who expressed her strong sympathy with the Russian colleague, Arseny Kotov, and regret for what he was exposed to. It was handed over to the people in the “Zabbaleen neighborhood”.
Nikolskaya commented on the incident that part of the story is still hidden, based on professional rules and journalistic experience. The photographer, who at one time headed the RIA Novosti photography department, continues: “There is no doubt that Kotov has a keen eye, a camera that captures distinctive patterns of the way of life in places around the world. However, a photographer must do his homework, before entering the world he intends to portray.
The photographer must first study the place he intends to photograph well, and study the customs, traditions and nature of its inhabitants, and he must also search for a connection with this place, through local photographers, or through relationships, or getting to know some of the inhabitants. Before entering a sensitive area such as the Zabbaleen neighborhood, which has its own social character, the photographer must have sufficient information before he “pulls” his cameras from the bag.
I remember that some places, in the 1990s, in Leningrad (present-day Petersburg), were dangerous, and it was difficult for our fellow photographers and foreign journalists to enter without a local escort. That is why the issue has nothing to do with Kotov, and it has nothing to do with Egypt, as much as it has to do with a broader and deeper matter of utmost importance.
Which is that social networking sites, especially (Instagram) and (Tik Tok), and other blogs, have provided the opportunity for a large number of talented people to enter the field of journalism, photojournalism, and photo materials, which is undoubtedly very wonderful. However, the only problem is that these people do not obtain the basic knowledge of the place and the rules necessary to enter such a thorny profession, in which professionals suffer before amateurs from the consequences of practicing it.
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