Youssef Nabil was born in Cairo and currently lives and works in New York. He began his photography career in 1992 by staging tableaux in which his friends acted out melodramas recalling film stills from the golden age of Egyptian cinema. Later in the 1990s while working as a photographers’ assistant in prominent studios in New York and Paris, he began photographing artists and friends, producing both formal portraits as well as placing his subjects in the realms of dreams and sleep. Nabil’s distinctive technique of hand-coloring silver gelatin photographs removes the blemishes of reality and recalls the heyday of Egyptian film. Two monographs have been published on Nabil’s work: Sleep in My Arms (Autograph ABP and Michael Stevenson, 2007) and I won’t let you die (Hatje Cantz, 2008). His first solo exhibition in New York will open November 4, 2010 at Yossi Milo Gallery.