i went to Marrakesh when i was 20 about 8-9 years ago, unfortunately i only had a compact camera and 1 film, but i got quite a few images, however i dont have the negs anymore! duh.... so cant scan negs in, i would probably confirm after travelling all over it that those people sitting around are the same ones that were sat there when i went.... Morocco is hot, slow plus add kif and you have the ability to sit around, one thing though that is not shown is modern Morocco, if you truly wanted an accurate picture, then how about the air con buses in Marrakesh, how about the satellite dishes everywhere, and the Porsce 911 i saw parked on the street and all the coca cola signs, the main problem i have with Morocco photography is that it always tries to show it as old fashioned and biblical in nature, which in part it is but not the whole part, i went to an internet cafe and checked my email back in 1999 there, that's not old fashioned...
Infact i had my mobile telephone with me and when i was leaving the desert from a place called Erfurt, i was what seemed in the middle of nowhere i switched on my phone and got a signal, so i called my late father at work in the uk... I dont see that side of morroco portrayed in any photos which in my opinion misses the point, to be an accurate description it needs to show all sides of life which so far most of the photos have not. Yes it looks like that, but it also is modern at the same time so historical documentary photography i would say most of these don't come close... Record what is there not what you want your photos to look like? That is the problem with lots of photographers who come from the west they take pictures of "history," when infact they are taking pictures of what they don't have at home.
I would like to see some pictures by a Moroccan in our countries, i wonder what he would focus on? The poverty or the opulence? Most photos are nice for what they are but they are by no means an accurate description of what is there, which it seems is what most people miss.
Infact if you look at editorial photos on a stock website you will see a more accurate representation of reality, 90 percent are not artistic by most standards but they portray what is there, and if you go back 20 years, and look what they did then photos sometime start to come alive. We should stop trying to make history in the present by trying to make the present look like the past.