Morocco: Agharass's New Photography Blog

Moroccan blogger Agharass is known for having an eclectic blog with posts (in French) on a variety of subjects from Palestine to pop culture, often peppered with the blogger's own photographs.

Recently, Agharass launched a photo blog, entitled Portfolio de Agharass! The enticing front page displays stunning photographs from around Morocco, organized like a calendar, while clicking on any given photo takes the audience to an individual entry, complete with explanations and accompanying quotes.

The entry for July 22, a photograph of a young salesman strolling on the beach, is accompanied by quotes by Joseph Conrad, Fernand Vandérem, and Christophe Dejours, including the following:

“C’est l’homme tout entier qui est conditionné au comportement productif par l’organisation du travail, et hors de l’usine il garde la même peau et la même tête. Dépersonnalisé au travail, il demeurera dépersonnalisé chez lui.
[Christophe Dejours]”

Humanity itself is conditioned to be a productive entity through the logic of organizational labor so outside of the chain of production, a man holds on to the same apparent “skin”, the same frame of mind. Devoid of personality at work,  devoid of personality he will also be in life [ Christophe Dejours]

On the author page of Agharass's blog, the following explanation appears:

Un simple amateur de la photographie, entre la prise couleur et monochrome c’est toute ma vision du monde qui prend forme. La photo m’a toujours permet de mémoriser un instant de la vie, une prise de vue qui reste pour la vie. Mon objectif ? C’est apprendre a mieux maximiser la beauté dans les clichés !

L’amour de la photographie est d’abord une vision splendide de la couleur, de la lumière et des reflets !! La photo parfait est celle qui garde au fond d’elle une certaine histoire que seul la capteur en connait les secrets.

As a simple aficionado of photography, it's my vision of the world that takes shape somewhere between monochromatic and color snapshots. Photography has always allowed me to immortalize  life's passing moment, a snapshot  that stays with me forever. My goal? To learn how to maximize the beauty I capture  in my snapshots. My passion for photography is first and foremost about capturing shots that combines splendidly color, light and reflections ! The perfect photo is one that encapsulate the depth of a story that only the photograph can truly know.

Glancing at the portfolio of photographs and Agharass's Flickr account, however, one gets the impression that the person behind the camera is not, in fact, an amateur. Here is a sampling:

The text in the photograph reads "no stopping", while the photographer's caption says "C'est interdit et pis c'est tout !" ("It's banned, and that's that!")

"Art populaire et universel…!" (Pop art and universal…!")

The Koutoubia Minaret in Marrakesh, Morocco, at dusk

Agharass's photos, available on Flickr, are all licensed under a Creative Commons 2.0 Generic License

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