Prominent Egyptian cinematographer Ramses Marzouk dies at 81

Ahram Online , Saturday 3 Jul 2021

With his departure on 2 July, Egypt lost one of the most important directors of photography whose work marked the cinema for over 60 decades

Ramses Marzouk

Renowned Egyptian director of photography Ramses Marzouk died in Cairo on Friday.

Born in Cairo on 1 June 1940, Marzouk's career in cinema spanned for over six decades during which he created an important imprint in the Egyptian cinema industry.

Marzouk cooperated with Egypt's best known directors in over 100 feature films and 20 documentaries. Among his best known works are The Emigrant (1994), Al Tawous (1982), Alexandria Again and Forever (1989), Alexandria-New York (2004), Stolen Kisses (2008), among dozens of others.

His work is described as combining strength and humility, while expressing the spirit of the age, a topic often at the forefront of the film he worked. Excelling in understanding the nature of art, his cinematography is leaning towards a unique painting providing a special visual experience. 

Marzouk created new worlds in the minds of the viewer and went beyond the vision of the director and scriptwriter, adding his unique imprint into each film. 

Marzouk held several exhibitions showcasing photography of his works. The exhibitions were held inside Egypt at Museum of Modern Art in Cairo, 1961, and internationally in cinematography museums in France and Italy, among other countries.

Marzouk was married to Awatef Sadek and they have one child.

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