Youssef Rakha: The Bad Lens Files

The way the world looks through my broken phone camera:

Antoine d’Agata says, “Photographers have to accept they can just convey fragments of illusory realities and relate their own intimate experience of the world. In this process of fictionalising an unreachable truth, it’s up to them to impose their doubts about any photographic truth, or accept being impotent pawns in the mediatic game.”

I’m interested in imposing my doubts about photographic truth. I’m interested in using photography the way I have used fiction and poetry to reflect on Cairo: to achieve a beauty that comes not from the subject but from the manner of its transformation into a consensual language – words or images, within a tradition – which is a process that occurs in the photographer, not in the photographed. My photos are small fictions that draw on and use reality. They are documents in the equivocal sense of artefacts that can evoke a variety of responses.