Seif KOUSMATE (born in 1988 in Essaouira, Morocco) is a self-taught photographer specialized in social issues. He has developed a visual vocabulary that stands between documentary photography and the poetry of fine art photography.

After a career as a Project Manager in the civil engineering sector, I dedicated myself professionally to photography in 2016. Since then, I have been working on different themes in Africa: migration, youth, slavery...

Photography is my contribution to changing the world around me and developing mentalities.

2016: MoMa of New York Course «Seeing through Photographs» and beginning of my photography career.
2017: Selected to participate in the NOOR-Nikon workshop during the Bayeux-Calvados Prize Meetings and the war correspondents’ festival.
2020: National Geographic storyteller summit in Washington, DC.

Awards & Grants:

-Arab Documentary Photography Program - Magnum Foundation/Prince Claus Fund/AFAC Grant. 
-6X6 Africa Global Talent by World Press Photo.
-New York Portfolio Review by the New York Times.
-Shortlisted for CAP Prize - Switzerland.

-Winner of the photographic meetings Face à la Mer in Tangier. 
-Shortlisted for Direct Look - Russia.

-National Geographic Society grant to pursue my long-term work on migration in Africa.
-Nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo.
-Nominated for the 6X6 Africa Global Talent Program by World Press Photo.

Group Exhibitions:
-The foundation of photography of Tangier.
-The 20th edition of Barrobjectif in France.
-The 3rd edition of Incadaces in Spain.
-Les nuits photographique d’Essaouira.

-The Addis Foto Fest Ethiopië Festival.
- Derbe 18 Marrakech Gallery.

Newsweek, The Guardian, El pais, NZZ, Libération, GUP magazine, Le Point, Le Vif, Jeune Afrique, La Croix, La Vie, Le Desk, The New Humanitarian...

Co-founder of KOZ collective.

Distributed by the Hans Lucas Studio.
Represented by Galerie 127.



Currently in Casablanca, Morocco.


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