"Youssef Nabil grew up in a Cairo drenched in the golden age cinema of Hollywood on the Nile - a black and white film world in which he nostalgically recalls the glamour, ease, elegance and melodrama.
Nabil’s hand-painted black and white photos evoke the deliciously outmoded feel of photo-novels which accompanied the cinema at the time. Each portrait highlights the extraordinary character of his models which include distinguished artists, actors, singers and friends."
I've always thought that hand-painting B&W photographs was a cute photo "trick" but Nabil's work shows that it's a truly valid artistic technique that he's managed to use as his signature style.
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Nabil’s next major exhibition will be at the Artparis Abu Dhabi Art Fair from November 27 - 29, 2007. This fair is the first annual international event dedicated to showcasing the work of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern artists.