between the sexes. making Logan's photograph all the more poignant.
Learning the language too became part ofhis job. his first phrase in Arabic inevitably being ‘May I take your photograph‘.". Asking was easy. explaining why he wanted to take a photograph was much more difficult in a country where social documentary photography is almost unheard of.
"I‘he crux of the problem is that there is no tradition in Islamic art of figurative art. It is essentially abstract with figuration slightly frowned on. unless used in a religious context. I know ofonly two Moroccan photographers who work in anything like the style I work in. One is a Jewish Moroccan who takes photographs so quickly people hardly notice. the other is the Ministerol‘(‘ulture. The interesting thing about his portraits is that they are all taken with an incredibly long tele-photo lens. It really surprised me that even a Moroccan w as haying trouble getting close to his subjects.’
(ietting close was a privilege Logan earned through hard experience. ‘l know people who have been to
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Morocco and hated it because they thought it was such an unfriendly place. But Moroccans are suspicious of a country which is too friendly. I like that. The onus is on you. You have to find something out and get underneath the culture. The reason for doing that ofcourse is that the rewards are much greater. That's what will preserve Moroccan culture‘.
During his own attempt to illustrate and describe something of Moroccan culture. Logan somewhere along the line became infused with it. Avoiding tourist times. always visiting in winter. he participated in the Moroccan rythym of life. ‘Now. l only have problems coming back to Britain from Morocco.‘ In true barter tradition. Logan has reaped this collection of photographs from a respect and friendship with this country of rich culture and contrasts.
The exhibition of()wen Logan‘s work ‘Al Maghrib. Photographs from Morocco. 1983—198X can be seen throughout Mayfest at Third [Eye Centre. (ilasgow.
Men And Women. Essaouira.
Man With Soul Music. Essaouira.
SCOTTISH PEOPlE’S THEATRE
by Jim Cartwright. Directed by David Hayman
Kings Theatre, Glasgow May 2 to May 6 at 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) ticket office: 041-227 55ll £5.50 £4.50 £3.00 conc. £4 £3 £2
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