Photography to Conserve Endangered Cultures: Contributions of Tewfic El-Sawy

Sathi Kumar Chellappan Nair Sarasamma


Tewfic El-Sawy is known worldwide for his photographic documentation. He specializes in travel and photographing endangered cultures around that are at risk of disappearing due to various factors such as globalization, modernization, environmental changes, and socio-political influences. His photographic projects involve extensive travel to remote or lesser-known regions, where he immerses himself in the communities to authentically capture their traditions, rituals, daily life, and unique cultural practices. His aim is to create a visual narrative that raises awareness about these endangered cultures, their heritage, and the challenges they face in preserving their identity. 


Heritage Informatics, Photography, Documentation, Endangered Cultures, Travel Photography, Street Photography

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