How is like to photograph people in Morocco?

Nouga vendor, casablanca

How is like to photograph people in Morocco? It’s a question that might pop in your head, as you are preparing to visit Morocco, for many of us, professional photographer or not, as we all have a camera attached to our phones, this question need to be answered.

Before trying to answer this question, we need to understand the culture in Morocco, Morocco is an Islamic country, with a conservative society. Whoever, Morocco is also a mixture of different cultures and millions of tourists visiting it each year, so this influence Moroccans to become more open toward forgiven.
Back to our question, photographing people is a tricky thing in Morocco, talking from my experience as a Moroccan photographer working in Morocco, also a shy person by nature, sometimes I found it a challenging task. Moroccan People like their privacy, even in an public spaces, which is a normal thing, we all do. Why not just ask for their permission? To me, while shooting, if I asked someone for permission before taking a photo, if he agrees, he is now much aware of the camera, the photographs then will have a fake look to it, a thing that I don’t like. Of course, if I’m working on a portrait it is a different situation. Sometimes I get lucky with people who accept to be photographed and they just carry on what they are doing, does are my lucky ones.

Mesamen vendor, Casablanca

Mesamen vendor, Casablanca

Woman carrying laundry on her head, Hight Atals mountins

Woman carrying laundry on her head, Hight Atals mountins

While People in cities might be too busy to notice a photographer, in remote village life is different, people there are more aware of visitors/strangers especially with a big DSLR, also due to tourists always passing by taking snaps, people in villages may be less friendly, especially women, but if you get a chance to spend time, and let them know you more, you will discover how generous they are, and probably take some special photographs.

So can I take a photograph of people in Morocco? Of course, just by being nice, friendly, and open minded. If someone refuses to be photographed, don't take it personally, maybe the person in question found his photo on a travel agency website, or her husband finds her photo on Facebook and start a fight over it.

Photographing people is much a like all over the world, Morocco is no different, sometimes you get a smily faces, other times, you get something else. Just keep focusing on what is beautiful, keep an open eye  on diversity of landscapes, the architecture, your friends, and of course, yourself, and enjoy your journey, enjoy photography.

Abdellah Azizi with kids from Hight Atals mountins

Essaouira, Photo-reportage

Fish seller in Essaouira port

Photo reportage on Essaouira city, located in the Atlantic Coast, Morocco. for Brownbook magazine travel issue.
The goal of this assignment was to show the ordinary life of Essaouira's population, and to portraits some unique jobs such as nature tour guide, and a surf trainer.
The complete photographs wore published on the 52° of Brownbook magazine.

Port

Essaouira, Moroco
Essaouira, Moroco
Essaouira, Moroco
Essaouira, Moroco
Essaouira, Moroco
Essaouira, Moroco
Essaouira, Moroco
Essaouira, Moroco
Essaouira, Moroco
Essaouira, Moroco
Essaouira, Moroco
Essaouira, Moroco

Sidi Kaoukki, Essaouira's surfing spot

Essaouira, Moroco
Essaouira, Moroco
Essaouira, Moroco
Essaouira, Moroco

Essaouira's countryside, where traditional beautiful guest house located

traditional beautiful guest house, Essaouira, Moroco
traditional beautiful guest house, Essaouira, Moroco
traditional beautiful guest house, Essaouira, Moroco
traditional beautiful guest house, Essaouira, Moroco

Countryside hiking

Essaouira, nature tourisme
Essaouira, nature tourisme

essaouira bazar

Essaouira Bazare
Essaouira Bazare
Argan used in Moroccan dish, Dshihsa