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Achraf Baznani (born 1 January 1979) is a Moroccan artist, filmmaker and photographer. He was born in Marrakesh.


Baznani got started in photography by chance. He received a Kodak Ektra Compact 250 camera for his birthday as a teen. Baznani is self-taught and has never taken photography classes. He has made several short films and documentaries. These include "Walk" in 2006 and "The Forgotten" in 2007. "The Immigrant" in 2007 received several national and international awards.

Baznani is best known for being the first artist in the Arab world to publish a photo-book based on surreal imagery. Both books, Through My Lens and Inside My dreams, are surreal.

His works were featured in various magazines worldwide like PicsArt, National Geographic, Mambo, Photo+, Amateur Photographer, Fotografe Melhor, Digital Photo magazine.

During 2014, he completed his "52 Project", a personal mission which he committed to taking a picture every week in a row for a year.


Achraf Baznani has won these awards:


  • 2006: Best Director: national educational film festival in Casablanca, Morocco.
  • 2007: Best Director: national festival of the education thread in Casablanca, Morocco.
  • 2008: Best Director: national festival of amateur short film Settat, Morocco.
  • 2008: Best Director: national festival of short film creators in Casablanca, Morocco.
  • 2008: Best Director: the short film festival in Nador, Morocco.
  • 2009: Best Director: national Educational Film Festival in Fes, Morocco.
  • 2009: Jury Prize at the International Festival of Short and Documentary Films in Casablanca, Morocco.
  • 2009: First prize in the short film festival in the Arab League.


  • 2015: Best in the show in Park Art Fair International
  • 2015: Merit in Sydney International Exhibition of Photography
  • 2015: 1st Prize in B2zone art contest in Switzerland
  • 2016: Honorable mention in Park Art Fair International
  • 2016: 1st Place Winner – Golden Ribbon in Notindoor photography magazine contest
  • 2016: Golden Orchid Grand Prize
  • 2016: International Prize Colosseo, Roma, Italy

Artistic career


Achraf Baznani - Inside my Dreams Solo Exhibition
Achraf Baznani
  • 2015 "Colour brust", PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2015: Park Art Fair International 2015, Triberg, Germany
  • 2015: Gallery Globe, Adisson, Texas, USA
  • 2015: Digital Private Exhibition Louvre Museum, Paris, France
  • 2015: My Small World, Solo Exhibition, Marrakesh, Morocco
  • 2016: International Surrealism Now, Coimbra, Portugal
  • 2016: Park Art Fair International 2016, Triberg, Germany
  • 2016: Männer, Gräfelfing, Germany
  • 2016: Inside my Dreams, Solo Exhibition, Rabat, Morocco

Art books

  • 2014: Through my lens, Art book, ISBN: 9781502793386.
  • 2014: Inside my dreams, Art book, ISBN: 9781502856586.


  • 2006: Marche
  • 2007: Emigrant
  • 2009: Eyes
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