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:

-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...

Distributed by the Hans Lucas Studio.



Currently in Casablanca, Morocco.


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