Fethi Sahraoui

Fethi Sahraoui, Algeria

“As someone growing up during the new millennium surrounded by electronic devices, the word ‘reset’ always meant to me that there is something in danger and the chances of saving it are minimal.”

Fethi Sahraoui is an Algerian photographer whose work focuses on the social landscape. He considers his photography projects as an attempt to interact with the environment he lives in.

Fethi was nominated for the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass by Peter van Agtmael, photographer and Joop Swart Masterclass nominator.

In his 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass project, Fethi Sahraoui investigates the reasons behind the mysterious blindness that affects an important number of the inhabitants of Douar Errih, a village near Tarik Ibn Zied, south-west of Algiers, while also documenting what it feels like to live with severe eyesight problems. 

2020 Joop Swart Masterclass

For the first time, due to the current global health crisis, the Joop Swart Masterclass is taking place online over a period of four months, and 24 participants and eight masters have been selected to make the program more inclusive.

I hope to deepen my understanding about a medium that keeps evolving, and more importantly to learn from the different backgrounds and experiences of the mentors and the participants.

The educational experience of the Joop Swart Masterclass is based on an assignment to produce a photo essay around a given theme. This year the theme is ‘Reset’.

As someone growing up during the new millennium surrounded by electronic devices, the word ‘reset’ always meant to me that there is something in danger and the chances of saving it are minimal. I really hope that dealing with this theme from a photographic point of view will open up new perspectives to me,” he said.

From July to October 2020, the participants will work on their projects and receive mentorship and guidance from the mentors. The final projects will be presented on 29 October 2020. Learn more about the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass