Your 2020 Street Photography Workshop Guide to Marrakech

Enjoy Street Photography in Marrakech – but beware of the scammers on this square!

Experience Marrakesh, one of the most fascinating urban places Morocco has to offer! Take in the unique city atmosphere, colourful street markets, panoramic views and sensational moments of daily life in this street photography stronghold, as Marrakech is the place that will definitely provide astonishing opportunities to produce street photography at its very best. The Red City, as it is frequently referred to, offers a sheer endless array of palaces, places of worship and other formidable buildings representing a unique blend of Arabian architecture and French colonial style as well as awesome street scenes in a mind-bending and unparalleled street photography heaven. Explore Marrakech early in the morning, as the city reveals its magic and manifold facets of tradition, culture and scenic corners.

While out and about you ought to bear in mind, though, that respecting cultural taboos is absolutely vital. Since most inhabitants in Marrakech are extremely camera-shy and will more likely avert their eyes and gesture in a declining manner, it would be wise to politely ask for their consent before taking any photos of street scenes with them or portraits of the otherwise friendly and hospitable people. Smiling and offering a few coins for this extraordinary snapshot that will make the difference is also common practice.


Street Photography in Marrakech: The perfect locations to get started


Jemaa el-Fnaa Square and market

A visit to famous Jemaa el-Fnaa Square is definitely a must for ambitious photographers like you. This central place is brimming over with life and energy day and night and offers some really unforgettable experiences and matchless street life images. It equally attracts locals and tourists, as the noisy and colourful square is not only crowded with vendors, buyers and passers-by, but it is also considered a significant heart piece of the Morrocan cultural identity. Snake charmers, magicians, dancing boys and story-tellers fill the UNESCO labelled Jemaa el-Fnaa (UNESCO Masterpieces of the oral and intangible Heritage of Humanity) and will allow for an uncountable number of extremely dynamic and expressive photos.


The souks of Marrakech

The Marrakech souks can only be described as overwhelmingly amazing and bewildering bazaar places, and along their sheer endless passageways and alleys you can get indeed smart chances to generate some of the finest street photography art. Explore famous souks such as Souk Semmarine or Souk Haddadine and Souk Chouari. Here you may capture people in search for splendid, high-quality textiles, fine bejewelled footwear, carpets, pottery as well as other traditional craftmanship and a dazzling variety of multi-coloured, exotic-smelling spices, that fill the air and inspire the moment.

Approach vendors by looking with interest at their products on offer, talk to them in friendly manners by saying a few words in their native language and interpret body language correctly in this very Arabian context.


Royal Palace – El Badi Palace – Bahia Palace

Marrakech as one of the four imperial Moroccan cites is irresistibly fascinating and enticing. No wonder then, that magnificent royal buildings such as the ruined El Badi Palace, along with its integrated museum, and delightful, richly ornated Bahia Palace, impressively set within extensive gardens and parks, are a fine attraction and make no doubt a splendid backdrop für your fantastic Marrakech street photography experience. In spite of the fact that the Royal Palace is not open to the public, it is still one of the most frequently visited highlights in Marrakech. The imposing entrance and dominating reddish clay walls are certainly well worth a visit.


Koutoubia Mosque

Dominating in size and design, the Koutoubia Mosque with its gilded copper spire is a striking example of fine Moroccan red brick Mosque architecture that is second to none. It towers above the most packed tourist hub in Marrakech, the Jemaa el-Fnaa. Magically lit by night, the delicately ornamented and decorated Koutoubia Mosque becomes an exquisite background for some of your most astonishing Street Photography images.


The best photo galleries for Street Photographers in Marrakech

As one of the greatest photography museums in the world, the Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts MMP+comprises extensive exhibitions and comprehensive collections, including fabulous contemporary street photography exhibits of both native photographers and international artists. Opening hours: 9am to 5pm.

Location: 46, Rue Bin Lafnadek, Menara Gardens, Marrakech.


For frequent exhibitions on Street Photography you should choose the MACMA, the unique Museum of Art and Culture of Marrakech. The exhibitions are either permanent or temporary and include modern and traditional aspects of street photography, landscape photography and painting.

Location: Rue de Yougoslavie, Ghandouri Passage, Gueliz, 40000 Marrakech.


Being the first African Photo Gallery featuring solely modern Photography, Galerie 127 has become a true highlight for tourists, who are genuinely interested in Street Photography Art. Remarkable works of Street Photography Art of more than 30 famous Moroccan photographers and of photographers from other countries are exhibited in an astonishing Art Deco building with over 4 m high ceilings.

Location: 127 Avenue Mohammed V, 2nd floor, Gueliz, 40000 Marrakech. Opening hours: 3pm to 7pm, from Tuesday to Saturday.


Situated in the centre of the Medina in Marrakech, the House of Photography regularly hosts interesting Street Photography Fairs and permanent exhibitions of interesting photographic material featuring the traditional urban way of life. The more than 4500 photos were generated in the years between 1870 and 1960 by renowned photographers and visitors to Marrakech.

 Location: Rue Ahl Fez, Medina, Marrakech.


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Street Photography Workshops and courses in Marrakech


Thijs Heslenfeld

Travel through scenic Marrakech with Thijs Heslenfeld, one of the most famous professional Street Photographers and get the most out of his exceptionally well developed photography skills. With this extra authentic Arabian flair everywhere in Marrakech, its inspirational colours and shapes, unique light conditions and truly decisive moments to capture amidst the most spectacular bustling spots and historical locations you will be amazed at those incredibly multifarious and huge dimensions street photography can take.

Street portraits will be the absolute focus of this fantastic Street Photography Workshop with Thijs Heslenfeld himself, but you will also get the oppportunity to practice techniques like depth of field and focal lengths. The tour starts on 26th October 2019 and includes an exclusive four-day stay in overwhelming Marrakech. Previous experience is no prerequisite, so Street Photographers of all levels are invited to participate in this workshop.


Marrakech – Half day photo walk with Fernando Vacaflores

Walk the Street and markets of Marrakech along with renowned professional photographer Fernando Vacaflores and take part in one of his popular half-day Street Photography Tours. Discover rare photographic gems amidst the hustle and bustle of the Medina or the Jemaa el Fnaa Square, all phenomenal places that are brimming over with genuine Arabian life and lots of potential for exceptional images. With plenty of useful instructions and tips on how to document urban life through your creativity and inspiration in an extraordinary Arabic Megacity like Marrakech you will indeed learn how to make the most of this adventurous 4-hour Street Photography tour through the traditional Souks and other historic places, which are reminiscent of the city’s glorious past.

You will also learn how to carefully approach people and apply special urban techniques for your Street Photography. The Street Photography Workshop can be enjoyed by photographers of all levels. The concept of the tour allows a maximal group size of 7 people. Dates: On several occasions, every month in 2019/2020. Meeting place and time upon prior arrangement.


Sisse Brimberg – Better Moments

If you want to experience a Street Photography Workshop of a special kind, then choose prominent photographer Sisse Brimberg’s itinerary exploring beautiful Moroccan highlights. Sisse Brimberg, a frequent National Geographic photographer and true expert on North African countries will provide guidance as well as technical support throughout your journey and together you will discover the hidden gems of Marrakech, always on the lookout for the multi-faceted spots that reveal the many impressive countenances of this vibrant Royal City with its crowded souks and strikingly beautiful, ornate architectural highlights. The tour includes three days in Marrakech with emphasis put on classical and modern Street Photography aspects.

Become more experienced in handling your equipment on location, get valuable instructions on how to apply focal points, use correct camera settings, diverse lines and make good use of exceptional light conditions. Moderate level required. Dates for the 9-day Street Photography workshop tour: 13th – 21st October, 2019.


Ingrid Jansen – Instagram Street Photography Workshop Marrakech

You are invited to participate in this absolutely unique Instagram Street Photo Workshop in Marrakech, that will give you the chance to absorb this singular entitiy of stunning light, intruiging smells, exotic sounds and images so present in the urban centre of magnificent Marrakech and its stunningly tranquil surrounding landscapes. Join renowned photographer Ingrid Jansenon her 7-day Street Photography tour of Marrakech and discover some of the numerous scenic Street Photography hot spots such as the Medina, the souks and the abundance of architectural masterpieces and splendid monuments, that will most certainly excite your creativity and imagination. The Street Photography Workshop will be held 2nd October – 8th October 2019.


Jacqui Hurst

If you are looking for a special Street Photography Workshop experience in Marrakech, then you should not miss out on the Moroccan workshop run by professional photographer Jacqui Hurst. Discover the most fascinating spots this bustling Moroccan city and its surrounding countryside have to offer. Dive into the lively atmosphere of colourful Marrakech and produce some formidable Street Photography images under the guidance of the award-winning British photographer Jacqui Hurst, who is also going to provide instructions on flawless photographic techniques and encourage you to focus on your own inspirational Street Photography composition.

The Street Photography Workshop is going to be held in the Old Medina in Marrakech.


David Wells

For those of you who would like to combine extremely valuable Marrakech Street Photography Workshop exeriences of a different kind with landscape photography in other truly awesome Moroccan places of the finest, join Rhode Island based photographer David Wellson his famous five-day photography tour through Morocco, whch includes 3 full days in Marrakech. Apart from the spectacular Highlights along the journey, you will get plenty of guidance by David Wells in terms of composition, portraying people, catching passers-by in motion and capturing the sensational effects of everyday street scenes that will help you take your photographic skills to a higher level.

Technical instruction, framing and scaling as well as street photography by night will also be essential parts of the Street Photography Workshop topics. Level: Beginner to professional. 


Marrakech Experience – Youssef and Martin

Walk around the city’s most photogenic locations during this Travel and Street Photography Workshop in Marrakech. Get inspired by the manifold opportunities to produce outstanding Street Photography images that are second to none, while diving into this overwhelming melting place of people and cultures. Under the proper guidance of experienced street photographers Youssefand Martin, who will constantly spark your imagination and perception, you will acquire a different perspective during your individual explorations of city life in Marrakech and learn how to transform ordinary urban scenes into absolutely sensational street images.


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