Karim El Maktafi

© Luca Contino
© Luca Contino

Karim El Maktafi is an Italian-Moroccan photographer born in Desenzano del Garda (IT) in 1992. In 2013 he graduated from the Italian Institute of Photography in Milan. He has collaborated with several photographers in various fields: commercial, fashion, editorial production and major advertising campaigns. His photographic research explores the concept of identity through documentary methods and portraiture. His work has been presented in exhibitions at the La Triennale Museum in Milan, Museum in Der Kulturbrauerei in Berlin, Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier, Macro Testaccio Museum in Rome and in other photography festivals in Europe. Has been featured in magazines such as National Geographic, Internazionale, Vice, Topic stories, The British Journal of Photography among others. Between 2016 and 2017, during his residency at Fabrica, Karim realized the project Hayati, winner of PHMuseum 2017 Grant – New Generation Prize, shortlisted for the CAP Prize 2017 – Contemporary African Photography prize and second Prize at the Kassel Dummy Award 2018.

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