Definitely go: an intriguing collection of historic photography of Morocco housed on several floors of a beautifully renovated riad with a small roof terrace restaurant. It’s open long hours and worth the visit. Opened in 2009, this gallery, showing the owner’s collection of historic photography of Morocco, 1870-1950, is a rich addition to sites in Marrakesh of art, architecture and cultural history. The collector/owner, who lived previously in the Himalayas, shows and sells prints from his collection of travel, documentary photography by travellers, anthropologists and others, primarily outsiders looking in on an exotic culture through an Orientalist lens. Yet these images give us a tangible sense of lives and actions, personalities, landscapes – wind, weather, dust and skin. It’s a Morocco distant and gone, but it’s also the Morocco that continues in the arid landscapes of the mountains of the moon, the pastoral stretches where Shilha boys still graze their sheep as their grandfathers did.
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