I’m an editorial news photographer and reporter focused on social issues and protest movements. I learned journalism and photography by freelance work and reading. My work has been published in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Arte, der Freitag, Seattle Times and China Daily. I’m available for assignments worldwide. I generally focus not on the events I’m photographing but on the lesser noticed moments happening aside.
Written by // Ben Kilb
We Die For Football - Ultras Ahlawy
Under authoritarian rule, stadiums were amongst a few places where Egyptians were free to express their own opinion. The Ultras Ahlawy, hardcore fans of Egypt's most famous football club Al Ahly Cairo, never made a secret of their hatred against the regime and clashed with state security prior to the Egyptian Revolution in early 2011. Thus, the Ultras were the only movement in Egypt who had combat experience with the regime. So they went to the front lines of the uprising. But the Ultras paid a price. In early February they were attacked in a stadium by angry masses. 74 people died, most of them Ahlawy. Until now, they blame remnants of the regime for seeking revenge for the Ultras’ role during the revolution by staging the riots. German photographer Ben Kilb followed the Ultras for 3 weeks.