Karim El Maktafi is an Italian-Moroccan photographer born in Desenzano del Garda in 1992.
In 2013 he graduated from the Italian Institute of Photography in Milan, In 2016 he obtained a one- year scholarship at Fabrica, Benetton’s communication research center in Treviso, during his residency Karim realized the project “Hayati”, winner of the PHMuseum 2017 Grant – New Generation Prize, finalist of the CAP Prize 2017 (Contemporary African Photography prize) and second prize at the Kassel Dummy Award 2018.
Between 2017 and 2018 he won a mentorship with the American photographer Maggie Steber (VII Agency), who followed him in the development of some projects. Also in 2018 he gets the Magnum Photos scholarship with Alex Majoli.
Karim works on long-term projects between Italy and Morocco and his photographic research explores the concept of identity and belonging through documentary and portraits photography.