Remembering Leila Alaoui

Written by Souad El Mghari

Greatly saddened by the shocking demise of French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui, we choose today to celebrate her life, talent, and art that has touched and inspired so many.

While in Burkina Faso for an Amnesty International photography assignment on women’s rights; titled “My body, my rights”, French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui was shot several times when a group of terrorists stormed Ouagadougou’s “Splendid hotel” and the nearby “Cappuccino” café, which she was visiting last Friday.

Once thought almost out of the woods, the 33-year-old photographer unfortunately “died at 9:15 pm (GMT) on Monday night in an Ouagadougou clinic after suffering a cardiac arrest,” announced the Moroccan embassy in Ouagadougou.

An active and respected member of the art world, especially in Morocco and France, Leila has recently made the headlines with her series “The Moroccans”, that was exhibited in Paris with the main purpose to fight the misconceptions and clichés surrounding the Arab World.

The late photographer presented portraits of regular men and women in different traditional dresses, and that in an attempt on her part to capture and preserve a culture that she believed is at risk of disappearing.

It is simply disheartening to think that we wouldn’t get the opportunity to see some more of her honest and beautiful art work, just like it was the case of the critically acclaimed “The Moroccans” (photos in the gallery above).

Rest In Peace Leila Alaoui.

Photos: Leila Alaoui Facebook