The Moroccans” is a series of life-sized photographic portraits shot in a mobile studio transported around Morocco. Tapping into her Moroccan heritage, photographer Leila Alaoui spent time staying with different communities to create photographs from the perspective of the participant observer, aiming for a more informed angle than an external documentarian might take.
Inspired by Robert Frank’s portrayal of post-war America through “The Americans”, Leila embarked on a road trip through rural Morocco to photograph women, men and children from diverse ethnic and tribal groups including Berbers and Arabs. This on-going project serves as a visual archive of the Moroccan traditions and aesthetics now disappearing with globalization.
Sadly Leila was killed on assignment in Morocco on January 15th 2016.