Fez, in Morocco, the oldest of the four imperial cities, is divided into the new and the old city.
Located in a mountainous region, the old town is characterized by the intricate streets, travelled only by people and donkeys, the only way of transport allowed and used by the locals. Tourists and locals mix confusedly in the chaotic days of Fes. In the heart of the Medina, in the center of the old city, stands the ancient mosque of Karaouine, which opens onto the immense bazaar that surrounds it.
Fez’s social and economic life revolves around the bazaar and the leather trade, dealt with in the 4 large tanneries that open up like glimpses in various parts of the city, and which impregnate the Fez air with the scent of the treated skin.
It was the first time for me that I visited Fez. The shape of the city, the narrow and dark alleys, which contrast with the noise and the crowd of bazaars, gave me the impression of Fez as a city dressed in an aura of mystery. So, in my own way, turning and discovering the city, I tried to undress this mystery, comparing it with the treatment of animal skins, of which they are undressed. For this reason: Fez Undressed.
About Alessandro Annunziata
Alessandro Annunziata is an Italian freelance photographer, based in Milan. “Humans first” is his motto. Born in 1981, he studied and worked for years in tourism and international organizations, traveling the world, encountering a lot of different cultures and peoples.He lived in several countries in Europe, than in Australia, Madagascar and Sudan above all, travelling the world. Curious by nature, and with a strong sensitivity for the human being and his emotions, it is surely with his passion for travel and for people, who begins to approach photography. Self-taught, he begun to work first for events and sports, always trying to capture the emotions of those who enter the lens of his camera.
In 2016 he found himself in Istanbul during the coup attempt, and it is there that he started thinking about photography as a possible job. He returned several times to Turkey, where he is became passionate about the Kurdish question. In 2018 he published a reportage on the Newroz in Diyarbakir. After completing a master’s degree in reportage photography, he is currently following a master’s degree in photojournalism. Always attentive to the international political scene, and passionate about documentary, social and current events, he follows the situation of refugees and migrations in Europe, and in the Middle East.
In 2018, two photos of migrants during a disembarkation in Palermo are selected by an international jury to become part of the “Per Amore” exhibition by UNHCR Italia. He became an official Ironman photographer, for which he shoots a black and white report entitled “Road To Kona”, and follows sports events as freelancers. In 2019 he is planning to come back to Iraq to finish is project “ReHUB”, and to continue with other projects related mainly to refugees, returning to Turkey at least a couple of time. He’s collaborating, as freelance, with different press agencies and directly with international organizations. His goal is to become a staff photographer for big press agencies or to become part of a collective of photojournalists with whom to collaborate act. [Official Website]