Egyptian Photographer Mohamed Ali Eddin Receives MRO Foundation Grant
ARLES, FRANCE(Marketwired - Jul 9, 2014) - Following a spirited and inspiring selection process, The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation announced today that Egyptian photographer Mohamed Ali Eddin has been awarded its fourth annual documentary photography grant. Selected from among twelve outstanding finalists representing nine countries, Mr. Ali Eddin's portfolio, Life of Quarry Workers, was awarded the top honor by a respected jury.
Life of Quarry Workers will document the plight of the 20,000 workers in the Minya governorate of Upper Egypt who endure long hours, deplorable conditions and serious injuries in the limestone quarries to earn a meager living. Against a stunning backdrop of the white rock, his winning portfolio shows spirited workers with no masks breathing quarry dust, heavy cutting machines with insufficient safety gear and tragic portraits of amputees. Focusing on their lives in village homes, over treacherous roads and in the dangerous quarries, Mr. Ali Eddin's aim is to not only expose the lack of health and safety standards in the quarries, but also to highlight the strong will and spirit of these people.
"I'm honored to be selected from among so many talented photographers and worthy projects," said Mr. Ali Eddin. "The MRO Foundation grant will allow me to bring a more in-depth view of these harsh and dangerous work conditions and the impact on the lives of the workers and their society."
Mohamed Ali Eddin is a freelance photojournalist based in Cairo. Born and raised in Cairo, he became interested in human rights and workers' issues as an investigative reporter working at a local newspaper. As a photojournalist, he began covering the Egyptian governorates in 2009 which are mostly ignored by the local media. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo. He is the 2013 winner of the World Press Photo Grant.