Karim El Maktafi is an Italian-Moroccan photographer born in Desenzano del Garda (IT) in 1992.
In 2013 he graduated from the Italian Institute of Photography in Milan.
His training led him to collaborate with several photographers in various fields: commercial, fashion, editorial production and major advertising campaigns. His photographic research explores identity through documentary methods and portraiture.
In 2015 he won the young talent prize at FRAME Photo Festival and first prize for the event category of the IPA - International Photography Awards with the project Pobeda.
In 2016 he received an Honorable Mention from the Voglino prize jury at the Festival della fotografia etica in Lodi, Italy. Also in 2016, he was selected by Fabrica Research Centre for a one- year artist residency where he completed his project Hayati.
Karim lives and works in Italy, and is developing his personal projects between Italy and Morocco.