About Youssef Nabil
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.
Egyptian, b. 1972, Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt, based in New York, NY, United States