Although the foundations and momentum for this popular revolt leads back to a small group of activists and internet bloggers who began speaking out against the regime through social networking sites such as facebook and twitter, by the end of the revolution there was a much broader cross section of Egyptian society who could be thanked for bringing down the Mubarak regime. They came from all over the country and from all walks of life and collectively their voice became too strong to ignore.
It was an empowering feeling for people to come to Tahrir square and be able to speak openly about their contempt for the dictatorship after 3 decades of living in fear. It was clear to see, and many people would tell me, that they were simply proud to be Egyptian again, something they felt had been squeezed out of them after years of oppression.
These images, taken between the 28th of January and the 12th of February, document the scenes that I witnessed in and around the streets of downtown Cairo.