Garbage City

This is Dutch photographer Bas Princen’s staggering panorama of the Zabaleen settlement in Cairo, Egypt’s capital.  These residents, living in an area known as garbage city, store, sort and recycle trash to earn their living.  The photograph was included in the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam and an exhibition at Storefront Art and Architecture in New York.

In the February 2011 issue of Dwell, as well as the May-June 2011 issue of Utne Reader, readers saw an unforgettable image of “one of the most efficient recycling systems in practice.”