Seif Kousmate (b. 1988, Essaouira), based in Morocco. Co-founder of  KOZ collective.

 Seif 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, he dedicated himself professionally to photography in 2016. Since then, he has been working on different themes in Africa: migration, youth, slavery... he has worked for three years on the immigration of sub-Saharans on the land border between Morocco and Europe, more specifically on Mount Gourougou where  he spent several weeks in immersion. He also worked on traditional slavery in Mauritania and Rwandan Youth in 2018 and 2019.

A National Geographic Explorer since 2018, He was selected as a 6x6 Global Talent Program by World Press Photo in 2020 and is one of the ADPP (Arab Documentary Photography Program) grantees.  His work has been exhibited in Europe and Africa; it has also been published in international magazines and newspapers such as The York Times, Newsweek, Libération, The Guardian, El Pais, NZZ among others.

"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:

-Winner of the 6Mois Award with «Waha».
-Finalist of le Prix Levallois with «Waha».

-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:

-Haratins - La friche belle de Mai - Marseille, France.
-Waha - Humburg Portfolio review - Humburg, Germany.
-Haratins- Institut du monde arabe - Tourcoing, France.
-Tempus Figus-  Musée Abderrahmane Slaoui Casablanca, Morocco.

-Tempus Figus- Museum of African Contemporary Art (Macaal) Marrakech, Morocco. 

-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.

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

Distributed by the Hans Lucas Studio.



Currently in Casablanca, Morocco.


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