Artists We Work With
See some of the artists we've worked with before and a selection of their artworks, some of which have been featured at our exhibitions and others which are only displayed online.
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Ahmed Shalaby is ultimately a graphic
designer who fell in love with art. He
looks at life with imaginative eyes
on a daily basis. Curious to push the
boundaries of culture and tradition,
he consistently researches and
experiments using new mediums.
Shalaby’s affair with collage art started
spontaneously to express his sarcastic
thoughts and ideas that are rarely
allowed in the advertising world. Mostly
drawing inspiration from his national
heritage, Shalaby is constantly working
on new and exciting projects with the
intent of disrupting and enriching the
typical Egyptian arts scene.
Six years ago, I purchased my
first camera and that’s when my
photography journey started. Back
then, I spent all my time practicing
and capturing everything I saw. I also
attended a lot of photography talks and
events. The internet has been the most
powerful source of information, helping
me develop my style. I developed my
own photography direction by observing
the work of the most brilliant local and
international photographers. I found my
passion in shooting street scenes when
I am not at my 9-5. So, I started exploring
and walking around where I can observe
more and more. The more I observed,
the more I gained knowledge about the
culture and the city.
Alia El Goan
Alia El Goan is an AUC graduate and is currently the Arts & Culture Event Coordinator at Al Ismaelia for Real Estate Investment. As well as being a photographer, she has always been drawn to graffiti and street art. Apart from classical street scenic photography, she has been pushing the boundaries of the arts scene by introducing a new type of mixed multimedia, which merges her images together with street photography. This style is never used in classical photojournalism and documentary photography. On the contrary, it is seen as ‘unethical’, and is only seen in the commercial world and the fashion industry in Egypt. Alia has been taught and mentored by Alaadin Abdel Naby throughout her artistic journey.
I aspire to create high quality content
and give my all in each photo I capture.
The reason why I focus on these two
aspects of photography is because
there are so many professionals in
the fields of fashion, the food industry,
product photography... but not
many photographers try to perfect
professionalism in the field of events
and concerts. I believe in capturing true
and genuine moments showing the true
emotions of the artists and musicians
on the spot and never posed, my
coworkers even call me “the moments
guy”. I always try to improve my work by
expanding my knowledge from those
around me and by experimenting with
Fathi Hawas (b. 1994, Kafr Al Dawwar, Egypt) is an independent visual artist interested in conceptual documentary photography. He graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Design at Pharos University and the Contemporary Art School at MASS Alexandria. He lives in Alexandria where his practice started with discovering the limitations of the photographic medium by experimenting with different tools in the context of discovering ‘Subjective Time”. Fathi’s photography practice can be described as research-based art, concerned with documenting the changes of culture and subculture emotions and the cultural varieties within the city he lives and cities he roams on his feet. This has resulted in his subject matters varying widely in geographical scope, often far away from the centralization of the capital. Hawas has participated in several group exhibitions internationally, including Dubai, Denmark, and London.
Sakran is a multi-artistic house that
is interested in how the fundamental
questions of today’s social, cultural and
environmental framework positions the
humans within the universe. It aims to
introduce the aspect of how by having
a universal approach in regards to all
aspects in life, it would then allow you to
see a connection, rhythm or a pattern
that is determined within this world.
Sakran’s work is based on the idea that
there is something common to all things;
a certain logic that connects completely
different issues together and aims to
showcase this through different medias
such as prints, paintings, installations,
photography and videos.
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A self-taught photographer, Laila Yasser
has been taking photos for over eight
years. What started out as a casual
hobby soon became a professional
endeavor four years ago. With her
camera in hand, she is able to be
comfortable in places that she would
otherwise feel out of place in; her lens
gives her access and command. Laila’s
interests vary, but music photography is
her first love; nothing compares to the
thrill of being closest to the action on
different stages across the city. Through
her lens, she witnesses and documents
the fleeting moments that the average
audience would likely miss.
Lamia Hassan is a Cairo-based freelance producer, an international award-winning journalist, film school graduate and an aspiring, self-taught photographer with a sincere passion for all things photographic, old buildings and beautiful spaces. She enjoys capturing the beauty and chaos of everyday Egypt.
Lara Maysa Ingram is a London & Cairo based filmmaker & photographer. Working primarily in documentary film exploring topics ranging from cultural appropriation, love & sex in the digital age and resistance through music in Palestine, her photography has always been an outlet for conceptual visual creativity. Infatuated and inspired by women around her, Lara’s photography focuses on portraiture, recapturing the gaze and allowing us to re-imagine outdated representations of women. This approach is taken a step further by using all-female crews to help bring her concepts to life.
Mohamed El Gendy
Mohamed El Gendy is a freelance videographer and photographer who is always on the move and always looking for that new angle. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering but chose to follow his hobby turned passion, and pursue a career in the media scene.
Gendy lives by the words “anything for the shot”, which is an accurate description of his process; whatever the risks or conditions, nothing gets in the way of a picture he want to take.
Gendy appreciates and searches out originality, finding it hard to stand out in a world full of imitators and copiers.
Alex Smith leads the typically unconventional life of an artist. Working with a wide array of media, and constantly pushing boundaries, this artist is known for breadth and richness in style. Get in touch with Gyptian if you’d like to find out about their available pieces.
The featured artist of one of last year’s larger exhibitions, Max Johnson constantly wows the art world with fresh perspectives and an incredibly polished technique. There aren’t many artists who can do what Max Johnson does.
Nada El Tambouly
Nada A El Tanbouly is a multidisciplinary
creative. Nada has a BA in Graphic
Design. Since graduation, she has
worked as a freelance graphic designer
and art director, working with various
brands and entities including L’Oreal
Paris, Maybelline and Hassan Allam
Properties. She also worked with the
Egyptian government for 3 years on
rebranding government ministries.
Her interests span visuals ranging from
illustrations, typography, and photo
manipulation. The manifestation of
her creative output transpires through
embodying her energy into art and color.
Noha Zayed is an Egyptian
self-taught photographer and
creative entrepreneur. She is
co-author of the photo book
“Khatt: Egypt’s Calligraphic
Landscape” and co-curates the
Arabic Typography Instagram
Zayed has exhibited in several
festivals in the Middle East such
as Dubai Design Week and her
work has featured in a number
of publications and magazines.
Nour El Demerdash
Nour El Demerdash is a
photographer who has a BA in
Graphic Design and works as
an Art Director. She perceives
the medium of photography as
a form of meditation, succinctly
expressed as: ‘Our eyes
perceive the world differently.’
Her work mainly focuses on the
identity of Egypt, highlighting
local culture and heritage.
Omar AboulNaga, is a 25 year-old architect, interior designer, furniture designer, architectural researcher and artistic photographer. He graduated in 2017 from the faculty of engineering in Cairo University and is currently working as a Teaching Assistant in Cairo University in the department of architecture. Omar started experimenting with photography in 2007, going through phases of street photography, portrait photography and self-portraits. In 2012, Omar began experimenting once again with analog photography and film-making, where he also developed mixing analog and digital techniques in rendering, colouring and retouching his collections. In 2016, he became more dedicated to photography of Cairo's streets and portraits inside and outside his studio. His latest photo collections include shooting Cairo in black and white film and recolouring the output, creating an interpretation of how he sees Cairo.
Omar Gazar is a 22 year old freelance
photographer. He originally wanted to
study cinematography and filmmaking
but majored in pharmacy instead.
Through life he was inspired by all forms
of visual arts and how other people
observed art from their individual
Photography has been
the most interesting for him, so naturally,
he was drawn to it. He began taking his
passion for photography seriously about
a year ago when he got his first camera.
He started out with experimenting with
different genres of photography, but his
belief is always the same: that the best
element in a frame is always the human
element. Having grown up in Cairo in
proximity to packed places and busy
streets, he also took a liking to urban and
street photography, reflecting cultural
aspects of society.
Omar Harbi is a street and
fashion photographer brought
up in Egypt and Canada. Initially
self-taught, he was always
eager to learn as much as
he could about the different
genres of photography. In
2017 he graduated from the
General Studies program at
The International Center of
Photography where he honed
his identity as an artist.
His work plays with light and
shadow — he chases light
as a street photographer,
and creates it as a fashion
photographer. Omar is based
between Cairo and New York.
Living in both worlds, where reflecting life through eyes 'nd visuals, yet undergoing and living the life of an architecture student, reflecting on everything around, putting the eye, the soul, the mind together, and experiment, live.
Omar Zaki is a Cairo-based Creative Director, film-maker, and photographer. Growing up as a skater in the streets of Cairo, Omar always looked at the urban environment as a playground rather than a city. This “the world is our playground” mindset played a big role in Omar’s inspiration as a photographer. Omar’s knack for adventure eventually led him to travel to remote destinations to capture his photographs. Omar’s passion for photography eventually led to film-making and content creation for major brands including The North Face and Alfa Romeo.
Sarah Eweda is dedicated to find
creativity in everything she encounters.
Even though she is an IMC major, her
true passion is art, photography and
film-making. Advertising opened a lot
of opportunities and different outlets
for her creativity to run wild. From
creating new and creative art projects at
“side effect”, to fashion collaborations,
photography and film-making. Her
interesting and unique taste is her
identifier when it comes to her work.
Aside from her successful career as a
copywriter, being a newcomer to the
art scene she utilized her fresh outtakes
and experience and left a noticeable
print with her collaborations with fellow
My name is Shahd Tarek, I work as a graphic designer and take photography as a hobby. I’m an avid admirer of investigating the unknown, a traveler, a visionary, a deep thinker, an optimistic junkie. What triggers me are complex phrases, weird intricate patterns, difficult concepts, abstractions; I am not really sure about what the rules are but I always construct simple solutions to each problem I face (less is more), and these things are mirrored onto my shots. I’ve been shooting analog for some time now, and all I can say is that it has changed my life. When you shoot analog, as a standard, you click a lot less with a big increase in quality. You start to think twice before pressing the shutter and you learn fast to identify the kind of life material that will provide you with the great picture you need.
Sherifa El Demerdash
Sherifa El Demerdash is a Cairo-based photographer whose work relies on one underlying theme: excellent storytelling. As a result, Sherifa's photographs are about the fleeting moments, the subtle behaviours, and of course the defining messages that make up narrative. While working at a branding agency and putting in crazy hours, she never stops to make the time to appreciate those elements, and construct a visual narrative from behind the lens.
Born and raised in Cairo, Taimour Othman developed a passion for photography at quite a young age. As he grew, his passion to capture his surroundings and desire to bring people closer to what they can’t reach did too. Taimour is an avid traveler and takes his camera on all of his trips, to the extent that it has become even more essential to him than food. Being a rebel, he wishes to be able to solve big issues through his photography.
Yassin Montasser is a fanatic about all things authentic and people centric. An avid content creator, combined with his love of people and their stories has fueled his passion for documentary style photography. However, he sees how these platforms can both help and hinder budding photographers.Yassin always keeps photography close, taking the time out of the rushed days we all experience to simply watch things happen, to get to know people you otherwise would never speak toor go to places you’d never wander into. Photography has helped nurture and feed Yassin’s sense of curiosity, one that can be documented through photography, and he is passionate about telling stories that may have never been told by being at the right place at the right time.
Yehia El Alaily
Yehia El Alaily is an Egyptian/
British Food, Travel and
Lifestyle photographer based
in Cairo, Egypt, with 15 years
of experience shooting
editorials, books, advertising
and packaging for leading
international and local brands.
Editorial work featured for the
BBC, The Belgium Food Print
2012-2018, El Biet magazine,
Hyper Allergic art mag, Enigma,