This exhibition of photographs by Youssef Nabil, 33, features portraits and nudes of his friends and constitutes a homage to the masculine beauty of the Arab world. Heavily influenced by the glamour and melodrama of the golden age of Egyptian cinema, Nabil was drawn to the old technique of hand-coloring black and white photographs which was still very common in Egypt. Shot in black and white, all his photographs are then hand-colored.
According to a statement from the gallery, the classical theme of nudity in Youssef Nabil's images of young men is used to convey what is difficult to accept in Middle Eastern society today.
Nabil was an assistant to the celebrity portrait photographer David LaChapelle in New York in 1993, and also trained subsequently with Mario Testino in Paris.
Nabil won the Seydou Keita Award at the Biennial of African Photography in Bamako in 2003. His work has been exhibited at the Rencontres d’Arles in France, at the Fries Museum in Holland, at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, at the Aperture Foundation in New York, as well as in Barcelona, Mexico City, Cape Town, Cairo, and Dubai.
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