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Fethi Sahraoui

Fethi Sahraoui never intended on becoming a photographer.
Born in 1993, in the town of Hassi R’mel, he spent his adolescence trying to find an art medium that would allow him to express himself. After a brief stint of playing guitar at his local conservatory, he picked up a camera at the age of nineteen and never looked back.
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Sahraoui’s images are stark. They are composed in black and white, to reflect the environment often around him; the arrid land & the relentless sun. His photographs evoke emotions we often cannot place and according to him, that’s exactly the point.
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His goal is to document Algeria, in the hopes that his photography will evoke thoughts leading to change in the country, while also changing orientalist stereotypes on an international level.
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According to Sahraoui, Algeria is much more than La Casbah d’Alger & drinking tea with Tuaregs in the Sahara. Traditions vary from region to region, tribe to tribe, and it is important to show every piece of it. His recurring documentation of his home region of Mascara, one that is often overlooked, is part of his ultimate objective.

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Sahraoui believes he is destined to continue documenting his homeland, and encourages other Algerian youth to follow in his footsteps as he is adamant it is one of the best ways to make your voice heard
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Despite his move from guitar to camera, his musical background is often his key inspiration in his photography. He often cites melodies as being his key inspiration when composing a shot or editing a series.
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Music may also be the reason why he is so drawn to documenting Algeria’s traditional music festival, with his photo series Cult of Souls recently earning him a New York Times feature article.
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Sahraoui’s work has also been shown at Photoville in Brooklyn, the Arab World Institute in France, and the Museum of Modern Art in Algiers. He is currently working on putting together a photobook.

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Algerian Photographer, Arab Talent, Cult of Souls, Fethi Sahraoui, NYT, Photography