The Instituto Español Cervantes opened an exhibition in Tangier with 30 photographs taken by the Spanish photographer born in Tangier, Juan Benitez Ortega.
This exhibition, which will continue until July 31, focuses on features of Moroccan culture, represented through the vision coming from the heart of this Spanish-Tangian, passionate about Morocco. This exhibition is also a tribute to the photographer and his family, who, in creating his works, drew inspiration from the common heritage between Spain and Morocco, particularly in the fields of architecture, art, culture, history and peaceful coexistence between the two peoples.
The photographer Isabelle Benitez Ortega, daughter of the deceased, described the exhibition as “a celebration and commemoration of part of my father’s memory and love for Morocco, which he transmitted to the whole family”, specifying that the photographs were taken in different places in Morocco, from Agdez to Tangier, via Fez, Essaouira, among other Moroccan cities, according to the press release.
Juan Benitez Ortega was born in 1942 in Tangier. He has worked there since the age of 15 as an assistant to one of the city’s most famous Spanish photographers, before moving to Europe where he specialized in advertising photography. His love of Morocco has led him to visit it several times during which he has immortalized many scenes. He died in 2018 in Feignies 2018, in the north of France.