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Harem // Lalla Essaydi

January 13, 2011
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Stunning images by New York-based Moroccan photographer Lalla Essaydi. Her Harem photo- series is currently showing at New York’s Houk Gallery through the 15th of January, 2011.

Using the ornate setting of the Moroccan palace Dar al Basha as her backdrop, Essaydi created fabrics for the models allowing them to camouflage within the decoration.

My harem is based on the historical reality; rather then the artistic images of the West – an idyllic, lustful dream of sexually available women, uninhibited by the moral constraints of 19th Century Europe.

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