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Bieke Depoorter has traveled to Egypt regularly since the beginning of the revolution in 2011, making intimate pictures of Egyptian families in their homes. In 2017, she revisited the country with the first draft of this book, inviting others to write comments directly onto the photographs. Contrasting views on country, religion, society, and photography arise between people who would otherwise never cross paths. The included booklet features all of the handwritten notes in the original Arabic as well as the English translations. As it may be depicts a population in transition with integrity, commitment, and respect.

Signed by Bieke Depoorter

  • Format: Hardcover with booklet insert
  • Pages: 62, with 66-page booklet insert, 44 images
  • Size: 11 x 10 3/8 in. (28 x 26.4 cm)
  • Publisher: Aperture
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • ISBN: 978-1-59711-440-0

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For Bieke Depoorter’s new book, the photographer invited participants to share their perceptions of her images, by writing their comments, in Arabic, directly onto her colorful portraits of Egypt's society and its peoples. The images that result are imbedded with intimacy, and have an almost sacred weight to them. As it May be is a portrait of a time, a place and its inhabitants.

Signed by Bieke Depoorter


Bieke Depoorter has traveled to Egypt regularly since the beginning of the revolution in 2011, making intimate pictures of Egyptian families in their homes. In 2017, she revisited the country with the first draft of this book, inviting others to write comments directly onto the photographs. Contrasting views on country, religion, society, and photography arise between people who would otherwise never cross paths. The included booklet features all of the handwritten notes in the original Arabic as well as the English translations. As it may be depicts a population in transition with integrity, commitment, and respect.

Signed by Bieke Depoorter

  • Format: Hardcover with booklet insert
  • Pages: 62, with 66-page booklet insert, 44 images
  • Size: 11 x 10 3/8 in. (28 x 26.4 cm)
  • Publisher: Aperture
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • ISBN: 978-1-59711-440-0

The Magnum Shop usually ships orders at least three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To calculate shipping please go to your Cart.

International Orders:
Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email shop@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.