North Africa, like many Muslim areas has been hijacked, with violence, terrorism, protests, and war creating an ambience of fear maligning the underlying culture. Peter Ydeen recently completed a series of photos “Waiting for Palms”, which lies in contrast to to this violence. 

The series was created along the Nile River in Egypt, from Cairo to Aswan; and in central Morocco from Essaouira through the Atlas Mountains to the Saharan Drâa-Tafilalet regions.  Ydeen, primarily an Urban Landscape photographer, found and recorded a world that values an alluring privacy.

The landscape varied from the stark and vivid minimal geometry found in both less populated areas Morocco as well as southern Egypt, to the hazy and chaotic atmospheres of Cairo, Marrakech and Fez. These drab colors of the urban landscape are transformed into an elegant imposition of engineered spaces, with the pastel hues of the buildings and spaces acting as stages for intimate worlds where the people also become additional pieces of the compositons.

Here in Egypt and Morocco, every corner is a painting, and every person seemed perfectly placed in their assigned arrangment. Behind every burqa is a dream, which is reflected in the places that surround them. “Waiting for Palms” is an attempt at revealing the artistic elegance of these dreams in the two corners of North Africa.


Words & Photographs by Peter Ydeen


  1. These are beautiful. I went to Morocco recently and was also struck by how much they value privacy. That and how warm the people were. I was unprepared for how much attention I got from men, not sexual but doing things like making sure I had something to drink or pushing my hair out of my face. And the pictures I got to take were fantastic, there was so much to see.


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