United States Attorney General Eric Holder – Marrakech & Rabat, Morocco

As I alluded to earlier, I recently completed a multi-day assignment and am thrilled to share the results.  I covered United States Attorney General Eric Holder’s visit to Morocco where he attended and spoke at the Arab Forum on Asset Recovery and met with numerous local officials. I met Attorney General Holder’s advance team prior to his arrival and received my assignment as well as motorcade schedule.  (“Motorcade schedule” = “AWESOME / is this really happening?”)  My assignment was a mix of introductions / hand-shakes, candid images and coverage of speeches and press conferences.  Attorney General Holder’s first appointments were…

Child exploitation in Jemaa el Fnaa – Marrakech, Morocco

A recent visit to Jemma el Fnaa, normally one of my favorite sites for a kitschy sensory overload, took an ugly turn.  I normally gravitate towards the story tellers and street performers, though this evening I encountered something new.  A crowd ringed a young boy while a man walked around the circle, his hands full of bills as he challenged men in the crowd to offer their sons up to fight and accepting bets on the outcome.  The boy in the photograph appeared to be there against his will and was ultimately pitted against a much larger and older boy….

New Projects – Rabat, Morocco

I recently completed a three-day-long assignment covering two cities in Morocco and am looking forward to sharing some of the images with you once they have been cleared.   I can’t share the images yet and shouldn’t mention the subject’s name in order to avoid jeopardizing my good fortune, though I will mention that it was an incredible experience and I hope to receive another assignment like this again.  I appreciate the opportunity that was given to me and thank all of the people who came together to make it happen.  You guys are the best.

Guarab in the medina pt.II – Marrakech, Morocco.

As repeat visitors to this site probably know, I am a fan of street performers, animal tamers, story tellers, etc., and that I have a certain fondness for guarabs, the traditional water salesmen found in medinas across Morocco.  Jemma el fnaa in Marrakech?  Guarab paradise.  Guarabs carry containers of water and are happy to pour off a cup for the equivalent of about a nickel. These men – I have never come across a female guarab – represent an interesting element of Moroccan culture, as their primary job has been displaced by access to clean running water and the prevalence…

Runnin’ fools – the Marrakech Marathon, Marrakech, Morocco. 2013

DJ Cassiouss at Jemma el Fnaa – Marrakech, Morocco. 2012

A quick grab of a DJ Cassiouss CD in Jemma el Fnaa, Marrakech, Morocco.  The image shows one of the ubiquitous “music stores” across the medina – they’ve got everything, so long as you’re looking for what they’ve got.  Gnawa and dance mixes for days.  The salesmen will pop your selections into their CD player to show you that it works and you’re off.

Another evening with my friends at Jemaa el Fnaa – Marrakech, Morocco, 2012.

A recent visit to Marrakech reunited with me with some of my (new) oldest friends – the street performers, henna artists, restaurant promoters and orange-juice squeezers of Jemma el Fnaa.  Having been to Jemma el Fnaa numerous times, I know what to expect and how to react to the vibe of the place, which often borders on sheer craziness.  First time visitors to Jemma el Fnaa should arrive prepared and in the right mind state in order to avoid anxiety, overload or a total freakout. Yeah.  A total freakout. Any visit to Marrakech – unless you’ve been a few times…