Youssef Nabil

Egyptian, b. 1972

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Youssef Nabil

Egyptian, b. 1972

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Youssef Nabil shoots intricately arranged black-and-white photographs, primarily portraits, which he then meticulously hand-colors in a rich and varied palette, employing a technique based on the color-tinting of old Egyptian portrait studios. “The technique I got from Egypt, but the colors I got from personal experience,” he has said. Nabil began his career by staging and photographing tableaux in which his friends acted out scenes that recall film stills from Egypt’s cinematic golden age, and the images he produces today continue to evoke nostalgia for the cinematic past. Among the many visual artists, musicians, and actors he has photographed are Nan Goldin, Marina Abramovic, Louise Bourgeois, Alicia Keys, and Catherine Deneuve. Nabil has worked at various times with the photographers David LaChapelle and Mario Testino.

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Biography

Youssef Nabil shoots intricately arranged black-and-white photographs, primarily portraits, which he then meticulously hand-colors in a rich and varied palette, employing a technique based on the color-tinting of old Egyptian portrait studios. “The technique I got from Egypt, but the colors I got from personal experience,” he has said. Nabil began his career by staging and photographing tableaux in which his friends acted out scenes that recall film stills from Egypt’s cinematic golden age, and the images he produces today continue to evoke nostalgia for the cinematic past. Among the many visual artists, musicians, and actors he has photographed are Nan Goldin, Marina Abramovic, Louise Bourgeois, Alicia Keys, and Catherine Deneuve. Nabil has worked at various times with the photographers David LaChapelle and Mario Testino.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
Group
Group show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Fotofest International
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