It’s been almost six months since January 25th, and the Tahrir-themed books, art pieces and films keep on coming. This could cause a certain sense of fatigue or overload in some Egyptians, but every now and then a stellar project shines among the rest.

Messages from Tahrir: Signs from Egypt’s Revolution is the latest Tahrir-themed publication by AUC Press to fixate on the 18-day protests that shook the whole country. The book’s simple formula is a winner with over 150 pages of photographs by 36 professional and amateur photographers who participated in the protests. The photographs focus on the banners, posters and signs held by the diverse protesters in Tahrir Square. One of the greatest attributes of the Egyptian revolution was the sharp wit of the protestors; the humour displayed in their posters proved a resilient and powerful tool in the long days spent in the square, and this is perfectly captured in Messages from Tahrir.

The book’s editor is Karima Khalil, a medical doctor and an amateur photographer who participated in the Tahrir protests and wanted to capture the spirit of the square. Messages from Tahrir is evocative and nostalgic for those who were there, and insightful for those who weren’t.

It’s more than just a coffee table book; Messages from Tahrir perfectly captures the fury, humour, despair and determination of the multifaceted groups of protesters. Children, old men, people with disabilities, grieving relatives, doctors and university professors; they are all present in the photographs. Some faces you may recognise from your visits to Tahrir; others are the products of good fortune when one of the 36 photographers captured a perfectly symbolic moment.

Slogans like ‘Not for me, for my grandchildren’, ‘They Shot us with rubber bullets, We will not despair, we will not submit’ ‘Freedom equals life’ show the bravery and the determination of the protesters. Other posters like ‘Leave, I miss my fiancée’, ‘Leave, my wife wants to give birth and the kid doesn’t want to see you’ or ‘What curfew? You idiot, do you think I am a chicken?’ are among the many hilarious slogans that could leave you laughing out loud.

The 36 photographers who contributed to Messages from Tahrir are just as diverse as the protestors in the book, and include the likes of activist Hossam El Hamalawy, journalist Sarah Carr and professional photographers Mohamed Gabr, Stefania Zamparelli, Mohamed Boraie and Rania Helmy. Several amateur photographers provided material for the book, including school student Mariam Ehab Soliman.

Little fault can be found with Messages from Tahrir, save for the few awkwardly cut out photographs against a bright yellow background that stands out from the seamless layout of images. All photos come with captions translating the Arabic slogans or giving short anecdotes on the photo subjects. The book opens with a short introduction briefly detailing the 18-day protests and the events that unfolded.

This book is highly recommended for anyone wishing to remember the humour, creativity and determination of the people in Tahrir Square. All proceeds from the book’s sale will be donated to the Nadim Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence.