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 early 2016, he was awarded a year-long scholarship at Fabrica, the communication research centre of Benetton group in Italy.



2018. Commended, Sony World Photography Awards, “Fantasia”

2017.  2nd place, Zenith photo award, pro category, “Hayati”

2017. Finalist of Emerging Photographer Fund – FujiFilm / Young Talent Award, “Hayati”

2017. Winner of Prix Échange Fotoleggendo / Boutographies, “Hayati”

2017. Winner of PHmuseum Grant – New Generation Prize, “Hayati”

2017. Shortlisted for the CAP Prize 2017 – Contemporary African Photography prize, “Hayati”

2017. Shortlisted by Fotoroom for the Family open call, “Hayati”

2016. Finalist of the scholarship for the documentary photography workshop with Chien-Chi Chang in Krakow, PL

2016. Alessandro Voglino Honorable mention of the jury at Festival della fotografia etica, “Hayati”, IT

2016. Scholarship at Fabrica, the Benetton Group research center on communication, Treviso, IT

2015. Alessandro Voglino Young Talent Prize at FRAME foto festival, “Pobeda”, IT

2015. IPA International Photography Awards, 1st place in Event – Other category, “Pobeda”, USA

2014. IPA International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention PRO, People – Lifestyle category, “Italian Holidays”, USA



2017. “Hayati”- Group Exhibition – Zenith Photo Award, Museum in Der Kulturbrauerei, Berlin, DE

2017. “Hayati”, Festival della fotografia etica, curated by Cecilia Pratizzoli, Lodi, IT

2017. “Hayati”- Group Exhibition – I see colors everywhere, La Triennale di Milano, IT

2017. “Hayati”- Group Exhibition – Up to Now Fabrica photography, Landskrona foto festival, Landskrona, SW

2017. “Hayati”, Gazebook: Sicily Photobook Festival, Punta Secca, IT

2017. “Hayati”, Fotoleggendo festival, Roma, IT

2017. “Hayati”- Group Exhibition – Up to Now Fabrica photography, Fotografia Europea Festival, Reggio Emilia, IT

2017. “Pobeda” – solo exhibition – Brescia Photo Festival, curated by Paolo Capelletti, Gusmeri Fine-Art Gallery, Brescia, IT

2016. “Pobeda”, Festival della fotografia etica, curated by Cecilia Pratizzoli, Lodi, IT

2015. “Circus on the back” – Group Exhibition – Frames 20 fotografi bresciani under 35 curated by Elena Di Raddo and Fabio paris, Museo Grande miglio, castello di Brescia, IT

2015. “Italian Holidays” – solo exhibition – Ottovolanti, photographers of Istituto Italiano di Fotografia, Area35 Art Gallery, Milano, IT

2014. “Moroccan Farm” – Group Exhibition – curated by Lostravellers, YEScollective.Ltd, Auckland, NZ

2013. “The Dreamers” – Group Exhibition – My Generation is Different, curated by Giancarlo Maiocchi, Palazzo del Broletto, Pavia, IT



Internazionale – Burn Magazine – Topic stories – Vice – Creators – Witness by World press photo – Photographic Museum of Humanity – Cheese magazine by Konbini – Fotoroom – Mag’zine – Playboy Italia – Lostravellers – C41 magazine – Roma Italia Lab – Spam magazine