Most people have seen the movie Casablanca. In fact, the movie wasn’t even filmed in the city but in a Hollywood studio.

Casablanca is the largest city of Morocco where people meet, work, exchange, do nothing and display their appearances, cultures and identities.

Casablanca is a city of diverse cultures: as urbanization transforms the environment, we find a mix: Orient and Occident, tradition and modernity, community and individuality all create moments of contrast. Some of these moments happen every day, others happen only once.

Through one photograph, we can see, enjoy, think, be perplexed and care more about a scene than we would have been able to notice if it hadn’t been captured.

This project documents such moments of contrast in order to give a close and personal view of Casablanca life from the perspective of a Moroccan, who was born, grew up and still lives there.

— Yassine Alaoui Ismaili