AP PHOTOS: Preserving a revolution's graffiti

By The Associated Press | October 7, 2012 | 6:34 AM EDT

FILE - In this Sunday. Sept. 30, 2012 file photo, an Egyptian activist artist works on a mural depicting a rebel with an eye patch in Tahrir square, Cairo, Egypt. Graffiti has been among the most powerful art forms and tools of Egypt's revolution and the turbulent months since, but it also has proven to be its most vulnerable and ephemeral. So a group of artists, photographers and a publisher joined hands to preserve the images. "Wall Talk" _ their newly released, 680-page book _ collects hundreds of photos of graffiti dating from the Jan. 25, 2011 eruption of the revolt against then-President Hosni Mubarak until today. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

CAIRO (AP) — A group of artists, photographers and a publisher have joined hands to preserve Egypt's graffiti. "Wall Talk" — their newly released 680-page book — collected hundreds of photos of the wall art since the beginning of the revolt against then-President Hosni Mubarak in early 2011 until today. The result is a street history that chronicles image by image the evolution of Egypt's upheaval, which is still unsettled.

"Every art form has its rules. When I paint on wall, I commit my art to the street. The street owns it. The street and whoever in it can do what they want with it," says Sad Panda, a prominent graffiti artist who won't give his real name for fear of retribution. "To me, politics is absurd, stupid and sad. It is all about winning power."

"But I did take part in the revolution. I cannot be living in a nation that has a revolution and not participate."

Here is what some of the collection looks like: