Jerome Lorieau June 18, 2012Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Morocco.
Essaouira, Morocco 2011
Jerome Lorieau (b. 1971, France) focuses on the cultural relationship that people have with their environment and how it affects and influences their everyday life and that of their community. In recent years he has mainly traveled in Morocco and Nepal working on two separate long term projects about the Medinas of Morocco and the Gurung people in Nepal. His last exhibition was in June 2011 at the Nepalese festival in Paris. His photographs have been published in: Le Monde Voyage, Real Travel, Chine Plus, Amateur Photographer, National Geographic books, among others. He is currently based in Bristol England.
About the Photograph:
“This photograph is part of an on-going long term project called Medinas of Morocco: Between Tradition and Modernity. It aims to explore the Medina’s culture and traditions while trying to understand how the modernization of Morocco impacts them over the year. At sunset, Moroccan people and tourists usually gather to enjoy the view over the Atlantic sea from La Skala, a fortified part of the Medina. This part of the city was built in the 18th century as part of the modern city to extend its commercial position in Morocco and internationally. Essaouira used to have important trade links with European countries which has been replaced by tourism in recent years. This in part has resulted in foreigners buying Moroccan Riads, traditional Moroccan houses, inside the Medina at prices most Moroccan’s can’t afford.”