The New York-based photographer, Jinane Ennasri, describes her new photo book, Live from Morocco as “a gift to Morocco and the rest of the world”. The photo book sheds light on the beauty, culture and diversity of the North African country. This Moroccan born artist celebrates Morocco through photographs that feature natives and capture everyday life in the Moroccan cities of Tangier, Fez, Oujda, Berkane, Al-Hoceima and her birth city Taza.
Jinane immigrated with her family from Morocco to the United States in 1999. She first picked up a camera in 2012. She specialized in taking a photojournalistic approach when capturing her subjects, finding candid moments both large and small. Her outspoken photos were captured and collected between 2016 and 2019 which form the purity of the region of Northern Morocco.
“I find it beautiful that modernization and imported technology have not distorted Morocco to the extent of losing its substance or its essence,” shares Ennasri.
“Morocco has accepted these things and made a place for them, while safeguarding its sense of values and its’ history.” The photo book is 50 pages and takes its readers on a mesmerizing journey through Northern small villages and daily life, via the turquoise Mediterranean where young men dive from rocks.
Live from Morocco has a meaningful message given it focuses on showing the country as it is. It is also a project that has a deep, personal significance for Ennasri. “I’ve always felt obligated to make sure people knew where I came from,” she claims. She identifies as a Moroccan-American-Muslim and keeps this in mind as to allow its reflection through her work.
Live From Morocco is Ennasri’s second photo book, released on September 1st, 2021. Her first photo book Perspectives comprises 60 photographs along with narratives of all her subjects from around the world.
In today’s 21st century, up and coming Moroccan photographers in the are focusing on the embodiment of what it truly means to be Moroccan; while slowly changing the past ideology and pushing back the stereotypes.