6 North African Photographers Reclaiming Their Maghrebi Identity

The complexities of North Africa unravelled


With identity issues being pushed to the forefront, navigating the complexities of our individual ethnicities, race and cultural identities has always, and should always bekey.

Hailing from across North Africa, a new generation of young photographers (some from Amazigh backgrounds and some from Arab backgrounds but each united in the Maghreb) are redefining what it means to be North African, and how that correlates into their individual aesthetics.

In a region with little to no monetary support for creative projects, youth unemployment sits at a staggering 29.3 per cent in North Africa (about twice the world average according to the International Labor Organization), supporting Mabrhebi talent has never been more important.

With a number of the photographers listed having had their work exhibited everywhere from Amsterdam to Paris, and featured on the front page of The New York Times and M Le Monde, it’s time for the region to start paying attention to the future stars who sit directly under our nose.

Hanane el Lourdani

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Ilyes Griyeb

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Najia and her daughter Marwa

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Zied Ben Romdhane

Fethi Sahraoui

Youcef Krache

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#El_Houma #algeria #collective220

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Oumayma Ben Tanfous

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nouvelle muse, Cheb Yassine #preview

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