People ...



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CocaCola fishing
Jama el Fna Square

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Chidren in a Berber village

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Small village girls

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Inside Fes Medina alleys
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Waiting for water

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A crowdy market street
in Fes Medina

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Italian tourists

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Old and New


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East and West


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Moulay Idriss marketplace


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At the Bar.. Moorish
decorations and new communications


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A sweet selling stall
Moulay Idriss market


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A child in his circumcision
garment


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Real Guards after the lowering
of the flag ceremony.


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Happy crowd at the
"Fantasia" happening, Ben Gerir


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"Convertible" bus


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Tiznit

 
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Tourists and young worker
Marrakech


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Prayer in the Mosque - Fes


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Girls on Agadir beach



... and jobs




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Snake-and-Tourist-charmer


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Escargot restaurant


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Tattoo woman


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A street vendor and his shop
Jama El Fna Square - Marrakech


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Tourist junk vendor


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  A butcher - Fes


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A Horseshoer - Fes


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  Tailors - Fes


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  Turners - Fes


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Turning workshop


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Dyers - Fes


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Dyeing workshop
(I like this one)


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  Metal trays washing - Fes


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  Metal punching - Fes


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  Confectioner with
"pastilla" sheets - Fes


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  Kneading woman - Fes


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  Pricky pears seller - Fes


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At the loom - Fes


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  Reel winding - Fes


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Pottery decoration - Fes


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Tailors - Moulay Idriss


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Royal guards


 
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Nut selling pedlar - Agadir


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Fake Tuaregh on the beach
(camel rides seller)
Agadir


A special job

First time I saw one of these oddly dressed guys in Marrakech Souk I thought "Well, this is some kind of exaggerated mask set up for asking money to the tourists wishing to take a photo besides them". I was half wrong. What I saw after this first encounter told me that no, this was not a fake dressing: water vendor do really dress like that throughout Morocco's towns, but yes, they will insist that you pay money (one, two or even more dollars) to get a photo with them. The real water vendors make a living out of selling water by the cup to thirsty clients in Souks, markets, roads. They have a necklace made with shiny metal cups where they pour water from a goatskin thru a long slender copper beak ending with a tap. They walk around ringing a bell to alert people of their presence. Naturally in touristic places like Marrakech and Fes thay make much more money selling their image for photos than with their poor job, and naturally as well turists are fond of taking pictures of such a coloured, odd and "typical" costume, willingly paying for this "service". Not me. I did'n feel like having one of those guys posing for me, that would have had a very high chance of resulting in a bad pic. Furthermore, I didn't want to let them think I was yet another gull to drain money from. But, hell, I couldn't go home without one of those guys trapped in my camera ... So I stayed alertly waiting for the right time to shoot, for some days.
The right moment came in Casablanca when I saw one water vendor sitting on a sidewalk, thinking to his own business and without seeming to pay much attention to turists passing by . The result was the first of the two pictures hereunder. I was happy with that, and I didn't think anymore to water vendors. But when I was taken in the picture shooting frenzy at the Fantasia in Ben Gerir, serendipity came to help me find another lucky shot, having a real water vendor vending real water to a real thirsty client, a knight riding the Fantasia tournment! So, my satisfaction was
complete.





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Water vendor with his alerting bell, metal cup necklace,
goatsking with a long beak and a tap. And ... the typical hat!



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On the left you can see the water vendor
who has served a cup of water to the
thirsty knight



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