July 5, 2013
July 27, 2013
August 14th, 2003
Looking all the way back to six weeks ago when people in the West were softly murmuring whether to call it a “coup,” or not, it’s now clear the overthrow launched Egypt into a deathly period. Since then, these images by Yuri Kozyrev taken in Tahrir Square on July 5th; Mosa’ab Elshamy’s photo taken on July 27 in Rabaa Square in Cairo; and Narciso Contreras’ photo of the wounded near the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City district last week, on August 14th, have captured surprisingly similar gestures.
To the extent photographs can foreshadow reality, these series of hands — as symbol of the martyr, as evidential stain, and as steadfast defiance — constitute a deadly arc. Beyond the media’s obsession with blood, the fact that each spasm of confrontation between the military and Islamists has yielded a prominent newswire picture with a related gesture is not eerie so much it is demonstrates a sickening continuity with almost an expectation of the next digit in the air.
(photo 1: Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for TIME. From the Lightbox slideshow: Continuing Chaos in Tahrir Square: Photographs by Yuri Kozyrev caption: July 5, 2013. Backers of ousted President Mohamed Morsi helped a man (not pictured) who was shot by the military when he crossed the road to try to put a poster of Morsi on the barbed wire next to the Republican Guard barracks in Cairo. photo 2: Mosa’ab Elshamy. From a slideshow and post about the photographer’s photos from Cairo caption: A Morsi supporter transporting injured protesters shows his bloodied hand. July 27, 2013. photo 3: Narciso Contreras for The New York Times. Supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, tended to the wounded near the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in the Nasr City district of Cairo. From the NYT Slideshow – A Bloody Crackdown in Egypt. caption: Supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, tended to the wounded near the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in the Nasr City district of Cairo.)