Youssef Nabil, detail from 'The Yemeni Sailors of South Shields'

Youssef Nabil, detail from 'The Yemeni Sailors of South Shields'

Youssef Nabil
Born Cairo, Egypt, 1972. Lives New York, USA
Detail from 'The Yemeni Sailors of South Shields'
2006
Hand-coloured gelatin silver print
British Museum: 2009, 6037.4
Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum

Youssef Nabil's photographs and films evoke the glamour and melodrama of the golden age of Egyptian cinema in the 1940s and 50s, known as 'Hollywood on the Nile'. This is one of a dozen portraits made as part of a project to document the last surviving Yemeni men to settle as ship-workers in South Shields, in the north of England. The area is home to one of the oldest Muslim communities in the UK. Nabil hand-coloured the black-and-white photographs in the manner of mid 20th-century Egyptian studio portraiture.