Through photography and film, Joseph Marando aims to collect images that will serve as the future collective memory and heritage of his native Morocco. In 2005, Marando published Maroc Ordinaire (Ordinary Morocco), a collection of images documenting intimate and rarely seen moments of life and culture in the country. After winning the prestigious Leonardo da Vinci Prize of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991, Marando travelled around Morocco and began creating photographic travel notebooks.
Today, the artist’s time is shared between his work, leading photography workshops throughout the country and exhibiting widely, both nationally and internationally. His acclaimed film, Ya Oulidi ! The Price of Pain, explores the trajectories of young immigrants in the Northern Districts of Marseille. Currently, Marando is pursuing a project in Medina of Fez, his grandfather’s hometown in Morocco.