Seif Kousmate

Based in France

Currently in Morocco



Seif KOUSMATE, is a self-taught photojournalist focusing on social issues born in 1988 in Essaouira, Morocco. At age 17, he moved to France, studied engineering, and began working in this sector after completing his master degree. A few years later, he decided to quit his corporate job and travel around South-East Asia, Japan and Canada. He opened a photography traveling blog, sharing his stories and reporting his journey. This is how Seif entered the field and took the decision to build a career as a professional photographer. He followed the « Seeing through Photographs » program offered by the MoMA of New York. In late 2016, Seif went back to his home country and worked with a local production company on a story, reporting winter life in a remote village of the Atlas mountain. In 2017, Seif lived several weeks in the Gourougou mountains in order to report on the sub-Saharan migrants waiting to cross the border with Europe. In March 2018 he started working on traditional slavery in Mauritania where he was arrested and expelled by the authorities because of working on a taboo and censored issue.

For him, photojournalism is his contribution to change the world around him and develop mindsets. 

In 2017, he was selected to be part of NOOR-Nikon workshop during the Rencontres Prix Bayeux-Calvados prize meeting and festival for war correspondents. 
In 2018, he was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo.

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« Fils des nuages », la dernière génération de nomades ?

Jusqu'à la décolonisation, les Sahraouis étaient nomades et l'élevage de dromadaires tenait une place centrale dans leur économie et mode de vie. Leurs migratio (...)

A SIX METERES DU REVE

Chaque année, des milliers de migrants d'Afrique de l'Ouest (Mali, Guinée, Burkina Faso, Cameroun...) cherchent à rejoindre l'Europe, chacun avec leur histoire  (...)

Des recycleurs en marge de la société

Le Maroc produit plus de 6 millions de tonnes de déchets ménagers par an, avec une moyenne de près de 250kg /hab/an. La majorité de ces déchets sont collectés p (...)

Les Visages de L'Atlas

Au Maroc, les zones montagneuses représentent plus de 8 millions d'habitants sur 10.000 douars (villages). Des personnes vivant dans des conditions drastiques.  (...)

BOUJLOUD: le Halloween Marocain

Boujloud, littéralement « l'homme aux peaux », est un carnaval ancestral lié à Eïd Al Adha ( la fête du sacrifice, et la plus importante des fêtes islamiques).  (...)

CE QU'ILS EMMENENT POUR LE BOZA

Chaque année, des milliers de migrants d'Afrique de l'ouest (Mali, Guinée, Burkina Faso, Cameroun...) partent rejoindre l'Europe, chacun avec leur histoire et l (...)