Arts & Culture

5 Egyptian Photographers to Watch in 2021

5 Egyptian Photographers to Watch in 2021

Photo courtesy of Malak El Sawi

In the age of Instagram, anyone can churn out visual content, but not all visual content is created equal. What sets the following artists apart is that they actually have something to say. Their ability to engage and engross onlookers with the storytelling qualities of photography inspires us to look deep beneath the surface to unearth meaning and that is what makes their work so irresistible.

Malak El Sawi

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Malak El Sawi (@malakelsawi)

One of the more noted Egyptian Photographers of her generation, Malak El Sawi’s work has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, GQ Middle East and Vogue Italia. Exploring themes of female sexuality and empowerment through her photography, Sawi’s work is an ode to urban womanhood.

In addition to her work as a visual artist and creative, El Sawi is also a popular DJ.

Ismail Sabet

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Izmatique (@izmatique)

Only 22-years-old and already making quite the splash, Ismail Sabet has exhibited more range than most—from portraiture to editorials for big fashion magazines. His style combines this overall retro feel with edgy glam, which makes for striking visuals.

In addition to his work as a photographer, Sabet also heads the art department of Unn Models, one of the first, and, arguably, best Egyptian modeling agency.

Yussif Sherif

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Jaws | Photographer (@usfsherif)

This Cairo-based photographer captures more than fashion, incorporating storytelling concepts into his photoshoots to create visual commentary on contemporary issues.

Working with Egyptian fashion brands and designers, such as Mohanad Kojak and Okhtein, Sherif is slowly but surely making his mark in the scene as a capable young creative who can bring an artistic project together with just a touch of storytelling magic.

Mohsen Othman 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Mohsen Othman (@lemosen)

One of the most prolific fashion photographers of his generation, Mohsen Othman is a jack of all visual creative trades, doing both photography and art direction.

Primarily a fashion photographer, the Egyptian artist also creates crisp, edgy editorial photography that sometimes incorporates elements of gender-bending as well as social commentary.

Moustafa El Kashef

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Mostafa el kashef (@kash.efx)

An enigmatic visual artist, Moustafa El Kashef’s photography is largely human-focused, capturing moods, personality, as well as the human form. A multidisciplinary artist, El Kashef is a self-proclaimed photographer, cinematographer and painter.

Recognized as one of the local art scene’s fearless and daring artists, El Kashef’s photography is generation-defining, conveying a sense of rebellion and irreverence, which makes his work even more resonant.

New Draft Personal Status Law Sparks Outrage in Egypt
This Egyptian Instagram Account is Archiving Strangers from Around the World

Subscribe to our newsletter


Arts & Culture

More in Arts & Culture

In Photos: Cairo Citadel’s Iftar Cannon Goes off for First Time in 30 Years

Egyptian Streets13 April 2021

‘The Present’ Film Depicting Palestinian Struggle Wins BAFTA Award

Egyptian Streets11 April 2021

Crossing Cultures: How K-Pop and Korean Drama Took Egypt By Storm

Mirna Abdulaal and Olivia Mustafa9 April 2021

Egyptologist Zahi Hawass Announces Discovery of Lost ‘Golden’ City in Luxor

Egyptian Streets8 April 2021

5 Initiatives Promoting Sex Positivity in the Middle East and North Africa

Egyptian Streets7 April 2021

Podcast: Amir El-Masry Talks Criminology and Acting Across Countries

Noran Morsi5 April 2021

An Ode to #ShopLocal: 5 of of Cairo’s Best Regular Bazaar Venues

Mary Aravanis28 March 2021

Zawya’s 13th Panorama of the European Film Festival Scheduled to Take Place April 1

Egyptian Streets27 March 2021