One of the most fascinating things about being a Chicago photographer is to have opportunities to be part of events that I would have never been part of. Being part of those events also gives me opportunities to discover other cultures from inside and not just from washed-out popular news.
Two weeks ago I had the pleasure to photograph an event organized by Egyptians Abroad for Development (EAD). The reason for this event was Wael Ghonim. Wael was one of the key figures in starting the Egyptian Revolution last year and this EAD event was celebrating the 1st anniversary of that revolution. I followed the events in Egypt through American and European news sources but being able to attend and photograph an Egyptian event was definitely a great way to gain inside perspective on the situation in Egypt. Wael just released a new book about the Egyptian revolution called Revolution 2.0 available on amazon.com I did some research about Wael before photographing the event and I found out that he is Google's marketing executive for Asia and Africa and was named by the Time's magazine Top 100 most influential people in the world.
So… being a Chicago wedding photographer sometimes leads me to some really interesting experiences. I have to thank my friend Mary Botros from M.B. Classics Event Designing Company who is a great Chicago Wedding Planner and Designer, works with EAD, and asked me to photograph the EAD event with Wael Ghonim. I photographed this event with my good friend Paul Weltlich
Below are some photos from the event.