Khalid 'Khala' Amakran, (Rotterdam, 91) was born to migrant parents from Moroccan descent in a neighbourhood that could be considered as society's rock bottom. As painful and ugly as the situations were, I could still see the beauty of it. As an adolescent, I started to become increasingly interested in the human psyche and photography is now a way to investigate and expose the stories and people I come across.
Because I've always been confronted with my appearance as an albino, I have consciously focused on the differences and similarities between (groups of) people. This way I hope to get the small and big stories into the world. Human, vulnerable and authentic. Without wanting to make a statement, I take my audience into my world of experience by exploring the audience's and my own perceptions.
Example of this exploration is the extensive portrait series I've been making for NRC Handelsblad named 'Jong!', about Dutch adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. Currently I'm at the beginning stage of a new long-term project called '3ish' in which I explore the search of identity among Morrocan-Dutch youth in The Netherlands.
Read more about my personal search of identity on i-D Netherlands (Dutch).
Photo credit: Mounir Raji
- 2016: Stichting Argan, Moroccan Women
- 2016: SpraakuhlooS, Overview Exhibition
- 2016: De Kracht van Rotterdam
- 2017: TENT, Who's Urban Appropriation Is This?
- 2018: Man on the Moon, Overview Exhibition
- 2018: Fotofestival Schiedam, Overview Exhibition
- 2019: Het Nieuwe Instituut, The Hoodie
- SNS Bank
- City of Amsterdam
- City of Rotterdam
- Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
- Absolut Vodka US
- NRC Handelsblad
- Het Nieuwe Instituut
- Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
- FNV - Young & United
- Scapino Ballet
- Hogeschool Inholland
- De Correspondent
- Dutch Ministry of the Interior