Cy Abdelnour in Detroit, MI.

Cy Abdelnour in Detroit, MI.

Cy Abdelnour

I have been working in the video and film business for over three years. When I first got involved with cameras I learned black room photography and my passion of the image grew from there. I attended the University of Michigan School of Art & Design and took a heavy course load in my early years focusing around photography and graphic design. As I developed, I learned that although the still image was something I treasured, I found the moving image more true to life. After working on various photo-journalist projects, I wanted to know the stories behind the images. I took photography classes with David C. Turnley, Lisa Steichman, and Maki Fukuoka. Maki's class really developed my "style" , which came from learning about Japanese photographers. One of the most influential artists being Masahisa Fukase. Moving pictures capture the essence of people's emotions through time, something still images cannot do. You'll notice I get really close to my subjects with my camera, and have a comfortability on how to approach subjects.

Work Philosophy

As of lately it's been changing for me. I am first and foremost an artist. I love to work with other artists and I look to work with quality individuals. I am not here to make "fluff," I want to make something truly original and push to challenge the normal video.  This allows me to work directly with my clients and really combine minds on their pieces so both their vision and my vision come together harmoniously. 

I make sure every demand is met from my clients within reason. I can do a lot of things, but if I can't I will be honest. Honesty is the most important thing as well as communication. I never assume and I'm here to help. I honor my clients images so if you want an image just for you and your family I'll keep it that way. At the end of the day the image is for you, no one else. I'm eager to allow my clients to have a creative say in the image and make sure it's unique to you. 

I played Lacrosse at the University of Michigan and it's given me incredible discipline as well as teamwork skills. Although I'm a solo worker I'm able to adapt to adversity and not fall under high pressure situations. I'm always ready for a challenge.

Masahisa Fukase. Erimo Cape, Japan (from the series The Solitude of Ravens). 1976

Masahisa Fukase. Erimo Cape, Japan (from the series The Solitude of Ravens). 1976

The Logo

Cylent is about the book produced by Masahisa Fukase: Solitude of Ravens. When I looked at Masahisa's images they were like watching an eerie black & white film. Although, the actual story behind the book is that Masahisa becomes somewhat posessed by the idea of the Raven; a social outcast, stigma, and evil. Yet the life of a Raven is very communal and quite the opposite. He sees them as beautiful creatures the more and more he documents them. Cylent came from that idea of quite beauty and how beautiful things don't scream for attention. The word Cylent is also important because my images have to be successful without sound.