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Over two breathtaking expeditions in 2022 and 2023, Take Your Seat journeyed throughout the cities and countryside of Morocco with our director's chair. Curated after a total of twenty days and nights of shooting, the images we now share have been imprinted on our hearts forever.

We hope these photographs encourage you to discover for yourself the land, people, and cultures that captivated us. We can't wait to return!

Welcome to Take Your Seat, Morocco!

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Take Your Seat is led by Randy and Spencer VanDerStarren.

 

Together, this father-and-son team has given a chair a voice; one that speaks a universal language of unity, responsibility, and individual power that is being shared with audiences around the world.

Take Your Seat and their director's chair have had the privilege of being hosted in 30 countries and counting. We extend a heartfelt thank you for being part of our chair's ongoing journey! Contact us here.

Casablanca & Rabat

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Hassan II Mosque
Mausoleum of Mohammed V
Casablanca
Motorbikes
Hassan II Mosque
Hassan II Mosque Exterior
Bakery
Hassan II Mosque
Kasbah of the Udayas, Rabat
Zellige Tiles

"As we are warmly welcomed into Casablanca's Hassan II Mosque,
a shared spirituality eclipses our differing faiths.

We trust our camera to capture both the joy and reverence that embraces us."

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Interior Morocco

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The High Atlas Mountains
Meknes
"Sunrise" Mosque
The Sahara Desert
Ifrane
Oualegh
Meknes Fair
Camels
Midelt
Desert Bonfire
The High Atlas Mountains
The Black Desert
Aït Benhaddou
Bouadil
Tagine Shop

"By the early morning light of a desert moon, we trek into the Sahara
fully trusting in Aamar and his hump-backed entourage.

As the moon bows to the sun, we become keenly aware of the rare gift
Morocco has generously shared with us."

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NOrthern Morocco

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Northern Coast
Tetouan
Asilah School
Cap Spartel
Basketball
Asilah Mosque
Chefchaouen
Moulay Bousselham
Tangier
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Tangier Medina
Asilah
Cap Spartel Lighthouse

"It's 8:38pm. We are snarled in traffic in Tangier on a Sunday night. Horns add high-pitched notes to the day's musical score. As cars and trucks idle, the 'music' reaches its crescendo.

Friendly beeps accompany long blaring bass notes. In the end, the sounds dissipate and the traffic flows. The smiles soon follow. After all, we may have been stuck in traffic, but we were stuck in Tangier."

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Southern Morocco

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Essaouira
Dakhla Flamingos
Plage d'Araiche Football
Argan Trees
Dakhla Motorcycle
Taghazout
Ocean Dune
Agadir
Imlili Oasis
Plage d'Araiche
Daklha Sign

"We stand where a Dakhla desert greets the Atlantic Ocean. An unyielding sun intent on keeping the air around us above 40°C is demonstrably successful. Sallek, our driver, stokes a charcoal fire as we return from a naive attempt to wade to Morocco's White Dune at high tide. Seeing our disappointed faces, he calmly says, 'We drink happy, sad, and angry. That is why we call it Whiskey Maroc.'

He motions for us to sit. His ritual is effortless as tea is poured, returned to the pot, and poured again. Each pour's distance from glass to pot to glass lengthens allowing the desert air and Moroccan mint to become one. We find ourselves enjoying our 'Whiskey Maroc' despite missing the shot. The tea makes us feel certain that there will be even better shots to come."

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Fes & Marrakech

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Djema el Fna
Borj Nord
Musician
Madrasa Ben Youssef
Al Attarine Madrasa
Bab Bou Jeloud
Nejjarine Fountain
Al Qaraouine University
Slat al Azama Synagogue
Fes Medina
Artisan's Shop
Carpets
Place des Tinturiers

"On the outskirts of the ancient city of Fes, romance lights up the shadows.

We capture a Moroccan hilltop as it writes its own chapter in the universal human story of love."

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portraits

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Our global photographic stories are made possible through local engagement.

Around the world, Take Your Seat is fortunate to collaborate with local partners, community members, and friends.

Their voices direct our creative and planning processes. Their embrace allows us to share authentic stories.

Take Your Seat is the work of a team of hundreds of people.


Read more about our team

Behind the scenes

We post all our favourite behind-the-scenes pictures to our Instagram. Follow us here.
Check our Stories Highlights for video clips of our Moroccan expeditions!

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