As I neared completion of UNDER ONE SKY, I knew that I wanted to include portraits from the Arabic speaking world in the book. It was 2002, just a year after 9/11--not an ideal time to wander around this part of the world with a camera. I chose to go to Morocco because I speak French fluently and most Moroccans speak French. I stayed in Marrakesh and traveled to Essaouira on the coast. My experience there was without incident and I loved the country and the people.
I am not a “grab-shooter”. I am not trying to make photographs that are taken with a hidden camera. Street photography is a different way of working. As a portrait photographer making images outside of the studio, I always ask before taking a portrait of a stranger on the street. Thumbs up or down indicates a willingness or not, especially if words fail. In Morocco many times if a woman agreed to let me photograph, she would cover her hair and face first.
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