Son of an immigrant family coming from Algeria after the civil war, Nordine grew up in the suburbs of Paris with plenty of scars but a lot of love and faith.
His homosexuality and eccentric looks felt like a flaw in his natal environment;
At school, his coming out did not come up to his first job as a seller in a Parisian fashion store in 2014.
“It was very liberating, I started going out at the Queers parties in Paris and I finally started to live well within my homosexuality. Today I am very proud to be who I am.”
Soon after, he met the extravagant performer with the androgynous looks DJ Dustin Muchuvitz, who helped him develop and polish his talents. Their friendship is documented into chronicles that reveal the intimacy between the two.
“I want to show this very intimate and magical side of Paris through my friends and
artists that I like. My work reflects my life and through my photos, I share the moments that I experienced.”
His first analog camera was acquired only 3 years back. Colored stills with the timeless film grain deceiving time, his subjects usually come from his immediate circle of friends, and as we progressively discover his work we come to recognize, and, to some extent, identify with them.
Some seem oblivious whilst others seem to be aware of his presence as it surveys them in their dingy, unkempt apartments, giving the pictures an almost uncanny you-are-there feeling.
Nordine is based in Paris and is just 27 years old.
5 images and one question to Nordine Maklhoufi,
a talent to follow @nordinemakhloufi
Most probably in the ’70s, when social media and digital cameras were not a fact.