Born in 1995 in Cairo, Egypt, Nelly El Sharkawy is an architect and ballerina who started Photography in 2011. She began shooting conceptual self-portraits in 2012 then fell in love with the Black and White photography.
Nelly is fond of shooting street and architectural photography. Her work has been presented in group exhibitions at venues all around Egypt including Zamalek Art Gallery, B'sarya, TU Berlin Campus El Gouna, SOMA art school, TAM Gallery, Darb1718, SHNIT Cairo, DCAF, Kasr el Fenoun, Photopia Gallery at The Westown hub Winter Festival, El Sawy Cultural Center and many others. She was nominated in the Foam Paul Huf Award 2017 and in the Architectural top ten photos in El Sharjah award, and won two awards in the best innovative photograph in the Cairo Camera Club and The CIB prize in the 25th youth salon. In 2017, Nelly joined as a product designer in a pioneering Egyptian design store and art gallery located in Cairo where she is currently the partner, manager and creative director.