Among the many artistic things to see and do in Marrakech is the Maison de la Photographie located in the intricate, maze-like medina. I struggled to find this place, walking under the hot sun past the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square and dodging misdirections from French-speaking men standing outside their souks. Though it took some time, a two-minute overpriced taxi, and some faith in the help of strangers, I finally found my destination.
The museum is hardly notable from the outside but, my goodness, the inside is fantastic: a typical Moroccan riad with a courtyard filled with potted plants on stylishly tiled floors, white drapes hanging from arched entryways, and neutral tones basking in the sunlight of the open-concept design.
The walls of each room are lined with beautiful landscape and portrait photographs taken in 19th and 20th century Morocco. A significant number of the portraits feature black Africans, giving insight into the historically diverse and shifting demographics of the North African country. You can read more about the Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech on their website here.