Photography Holidays Morocco
Participate on inspiring photography holiday experiences in Morocco
Gail lived in North Africa for four years, and has worked and travelled in Morocco since 1981, so she is very at home in Morocco. One
of her favourite countries, Gail loves
the diverse environment, vibrant culture and strong traditions, but she is also saddened by some of the negative impacts the growth of tourism is causing, especially in Marrakech.
"Very many thanks for a wonderful holiday and a unique opportunity to experience and photograph aspects of Morocco. I
was extremely impressed with your professionalism, dedication and
enthusiasm as well as the warmth of the welcome and continuous concern
for my well being throughout the week. It was a truly memorable and
intense experience and I hope I have made some quality images to match
the opportunities you provided for me".
Colin New 2010
Responsible Photography Holidays in Morocco - Fun with your camera!
Gail was one of the first to organise photography holidays and workshops in Morocco, which is where Responsible Photography Holidays first started. Today Gail often wonders if she did the right thing. Talking to friends in the 'place' as the Djemaa el-Fna is often referred to, Gail hears time and again that the digital camera or 'phone is used without any thought for the local residents, who are making their living or going about their daily life - they are just 'camera fodder' to the tourist snappers. In Marrakech's famous Djemaa el-Fna there are often more visitors (most with cameras) than local people and the atmosphere is not the same as it used to be. Buying a holiday, and in particular a photography holiday or workshop, does not automatically buy the right to photograph people indiscriminately!
Gail has watched very closely the fast growth of tourism in Morocco, particularly since 2005, and it is having a big impact, with an explosion of development, an increase in flights and a big influx of visitors, especially in Marrakech. Flying into Marrakech, you will see the city spread below and may notice just how much building is taking place. In fact, local people have been rehoused outside Marrakech to make way for some of these new developments. Many houses in the medina are now owned by non-moroccans, with locals no longer able to afford the inflated prices as more and more 'foriegners' buy properties. The conflict of balance between economic development and benefits to the local people is the same worldwide. However, Marrakech is still, and always will be, a unique, vibrant and fascinating place -especially if you put your camera to one side and instead take time out from photography to sit, drink a mint tea, soak up the atmosphere, talk to people, and have fun with the traders and stall holders. Away from Marrakech, Gail and her Moroccan partners offer some wonderful opportunities to really capture the flavour of Morocco whilst experiencing the warm hospitality of Moroccan people, whose livelihoods benefit directly from Responsible Photography.
Gail and her Responsible Photography partners all have an infectious enthusiasm for Morocco that we love to share with you!
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We are aware that our programmes and ideas are being copied, which is disheartening - Gail and her partners have worked really hard to develop their itineraries and Responsible Photography Holidays is not part of any large organisation. Gail Ward, founder of Responsible Photography is a photographer and her business is completely independent. Also, if Gail becomes aware of, or is told of, infringement of IP, copyright or photographs, she will take any necessary action against the infringer.