A curated page of my recommended books, authors, websites, artists, places and more…
Daniel J. Duke has spent twenty years researching family lore about his great, great grandfather Jesse James who lived in Texas under the alias of James Lafayette Courtney. His books include: Jesse James and the Lost Templar Treasure and The Mysterious Life and Faked Death of Jesse James, co-authored with his sister Teresa Duke.
Set in the beautiful backdrop of the Theban hills in Luxor, Blue Lotus Farm strives to keep the old Egyptian traditions alive and to share some of the Saeedi way of life. Our aim is to provide a safe place for animals, both domestic and wild.
Blue Lotus is for those who want a real experience – we run a varied program of tours and experiences throughout the year, which help fund our ever-growing menagerie and the sanctuary projects. Learn more about Blue Lotus Egypt here.
Nūn Art Gallery is a unique contemporary art gallery in Luxor, Egypt, that organises art exhibitions and art events. It is dedicated to showcasing the impressive visual artworks of Egyptian artists and non-Egyptians living in Egypt, continuously promoting established artists as well as searching for new talents.
Gerald Jenkins is a photographer working in fashion, beauty and portraiture, his work has been exhibited and sold internationally. Editorial credits include Vanity Fair, US Esquire and international Vogue titles. His list of advertising clients includes, amongst others, Stüssy, Siemens and Schwartzkopf.
He has taken many backstage rock portraits, spanning 10 years, including the likes of Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue, John Spencer, Gil Scott-Heron and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
In 2019, he published a book called It’s After The End of the World, featuring contributions from Sun Ra and Darius James.
Chris Lee is a freelance photographer/retoucher based in Suffolk, UK.
His background is in photography, web design and Adobe Photoshop training, with 13 years experience assisting students in learning creative software at a distinguished Arts university in the UK.Chris created Winking Kitten Photography to offer a professional photography/retouching service in the UK for private portraiture and commercial projects (including product, staff and environment shots for print and web usage).
The award-winning artist Alaa Abu el-Hamd was born in Qena in 1979. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Luxor and has participated in over 20 group exhibitions in Cairo, Port Said, Alexandria and Luxor. Alaa’s subjects are inspired by the ancient Egyptian murals and carvings. They show the relationship between gods and objects, between men and women, and are characterised by their stillness and strength. You can learn more about Alaa and buy some of his artwork at Nun Gallery Luxor
Dina Shalaby is an emerging visual artist focusing on modern art inspired by Ancient Egypt. Using mixed media and her deep passion for pharaonic Egypt, she creates pieces inspired by the past and with a story for the future. Learn more about Dina and view the art gallery at Malakoot Art