Yassine Alaoui Ismaili "Yoriyas"
I’m a Casablanca-based street photographer and performer. I started playing chess when I was five years old, leading me to fall in love with mathematics. By the age of 16, the influence of hip-hop changed me completely. I became a street dancer. In a few years I created “Lhiba kingzoo”, a Moroccan dance crew, which became one of the most respected crews in the world. While travelling around the world as a professional dancer for competitions, I discovered my passion for photography. The unique blend of my North African heritage, chess and my love for dance lead me to one-of-a-kind methods of self-expression through photography.
I’m looking for an unexpected moment, which can happen only once. One photograph can allow us to see, enjoy, care, think and ask questions about a scene we probably would not have noticed, if it wouldn't have been captured. My work has been featured in NY Times, the National Geographic, FIFA, 6Mois, Spiegel, Stern, The guardian. I won the first places in “Les nuit photographique Essaouira 2016” and was finalist in the LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2016 and Sans francisco Street photography 2017.