“I’m trying to create something which has as much of my identity as possible,” said African portraitist Hassan Hajjaj. “Something that is fresh in Europe and Africa.”

Hajjaj was born in Morocco, grew up in London, and now lives in Marrakesh, where he’s known as a master portraitist, shooting images of friends, artists, musicians, and even strangers from the streets. His subjects often wear clothes designed by the artist, and pose against bright, patterned backgrounds that are a mix of global and local influences, such as Gucci fabrics and Arabic script. Hajjaj’s first memories of photography stem from his childhood in Morocco: Hajjaj’s mother would dress him and his siblings in clothes sent from England by his father for their family portraits at a local photography studio.

To connect with Hassan Hajjaj, head over to http://hassanhajjaj.blogspot.com

ove Maroc, 2010/1431, Edition of 7, C-Type on Fuji Crystal, 39h x 52.28 in / 99h x 132.8w cm

ove Maroc, 2010/1431, Edition of 7, C-Type on Fuji Crystal, 39h x 52.28 in / 99h x 132.8w cm

“Mandisa Dumezweni,” by Hassan Hajjaj © Image courtesy of the artist and Rose Issa Projects

“Mr J. James,” by Hassan Hajjaj © Image courtesy of the artist and GUSFORD | los angeles

From “Kesh Angels,” by Hassan Hajjaj © Image courtesy of the artist and Taymour Grahne Gallery

“Master Cobra Mansa,” by Hassan Hajjaj © Image courtesy of the artist and GUSFORD | los angeles

“Marques Toliver,” by Hassan Hajjaj © Image courtesy of the artist

“V.B.F.,” by Hassan Hajjaj © Image courtesy of the artist

From “Kesh Angels,” by Hassan Hajjaj © Image courtesy of the artist and Taymour Grahne Gallery

“Rilene,” by Hassan Hajjaj © Image courtesy of the artist and GUSFORD | los angeles

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