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Irish Newspaper Highlights Morocco’s ‘Beautiful’ Architecture

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Irish newspaper “Irish Independent” highlighted Morocco's "beautiful" architecture through the story of fashion photographer Daniel Holfeld, who “went to Morocco for work and fell hopelessly in love with the country”.
Irish Newspaper Highlights Morocco’s ‘Beautiful’ Architecture
25 March 2018

Driven to pay homage to its architecture, his striking images go on exhibit next month at Brown Thomas, Grafton Street in Dublin, Ireland's largest-selling daily newspaper said in an article published this weekend.

After more than 10 years of working as a fine art and fashion photographer, his new body of work is a break away from the style traditionally associated with Daniel's camera lens, the source noted.

The 11 black and white photographs are, he explains, “the intuitive result of two years of travel to El Bahia Palace in Marrakesh and to the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.”

Daniel recalls: "The first time I visited Morocco for an international beauty shoot, I remember vividly how my jaw hit the floor every single day when we went out. It was the first time I had encountered mosques and Riads, the beautiful houses or palaces with interior gardens or courtyards. I was stunned by the beauty of the architecture, the engraving, and all the detailed work soaking up sunshine.”

“That really left an impact on me. I grew up in Ireland and my interpretation of architecture was very Roman orientated and Westernised. However, in Morocco I saw something that was outstandingly beautiful, so years later I went back and started doing the work I'm doing now," the Dubliner explained.

When asked about why the exhibition images were solely black and white, he said “the reason is I didn't want the images to look like postcards. I wanted to change it and, for me, the black and white is graphic and punchy. It's elegant and sophisticated and it's also minimalist. In a way, I'm stripping the building down to its core elements of design, and you see up close the way the light hits the building and engravings, it casts a shadow so it defines things so much more."

"I like to think that my new photographic work offers a seductive peek into Morocco, where style and architecture merge to create the ultimate bohemian lifestyle. I've fallen totally in love with this corner of the world and I've a profound passion for the complex language of the architecture and the scenery," the photographer said.

Last modified : 25 March 2018

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