Moroccan Treasures: Street photography that captures the shy people of Tangier

Street photographer Alan Schaller – whose work we've featured previously – has recently returned from a trip to northern Morocco where it's well known that the local people don't like to have their photograph taken.

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Apparently, Schaller had to use many of his charms to convince his shy subjects to be captured on camera. From a street vendor hiding amongst many pots and baskets to an older woman, taking an afternoon rest on a wall – this delicate and tender series reveals the beauty of Morocco's people.

Of the project, he said: "I chose to go to Morocco and shoot because of the fact that it is so notoriously challenging to photograph the local people. Most of my street work has been done in London, and I feel truly in my comfort zone in my home city. I felt like I wanted to shake up my shooting style and improve as a photographer, so I took a gamble and booked the trip, unsure if I would come back with good results.

"I read online when researching my trip that the majority of Moroccans do not like having their photos taken, even when asked politely. This is not to say that they are rude people, it is simply a part of their culture to refuse having their photos taken, particularly women. I can report that I met many hospitable, warm and friendly characters out there. The days were long. I got out at 8am and got back around 10pm every day. I have never been rejected more times in my life, but met great characters along the way, and thankfully managed to get lots of pictures that I am happy with."

Speaking of his work, he said: "My style has been strongly influenced by some of the legendary photographers of the past, but I push myself to see in new ways and create unique images. My aim is to produce emotive photographs conveying the realities and diversities of human life."

Based in London, Schaller specialises in street photography, reportage and portraiture. You can often find him out on the capital streets, capturing scenes of people going about their busy days. You can discover more of his work at He's also part of the Street Photography International collective, a website you should definitely check out.


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