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Anchor 2

A Photography Experience

with R. David Marks

Morocco Nov 16 - 30, 2023

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Photo credit: M A Andrew

In Morocco, one of the most exotic places on Earth, David shows us how light and shadow affects the mood of our photos. We discover a location's details which further our storytelling. He guides us in finding strong graphic compositions as well as more interpretive, "quiet" scenes with context.

We constantly endeavor to get our feelings actualized in our images.



Nov 16 - Arrival at Marrakech Menara Airport. A driver with private car are waiting for you and

take you to our Riad in the historic Medina. Our Riad is two minutes walk from the famous Jamaa el Fna square where snake charmers, fortune tellers, monkeys, and musicians dwell among the many exotic items for sale. In the evening, we gather for dinner and connect.

"Right away we were in the hustle and bustle of Morocco with all sorts of crazy, new and beautiful things going on all around us, people talking to us and looking at us left and right. It could have been overwhelming, but Ahu made it easy to navigate through the foreign and new city as she lead us to our cozy Riad for the night. " - Wilfred Oppen, Traveler, 2018

Nov 17, 18 - After breakfast in Marrakech, we drive in a comfortable 17 person van through the High Atlas mountains, via the highest pass, Tizi n Tichka (2260 m), towards Ouarzazate. We spend two relaxing nights at Kasbah Tebi in Ait Ben Haddou. Throughout your day there is time for one on one consultations with David while exploring the Kasbah.

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Nov 22, 23  - We travel to Todgha Gorge. We spend

two nights sleeping in cave rooms at Auberge Le Festival.David is available for consultations on these days. Expect yummy organic meals from their garden,

and hiking along the gorge where Nomads still live in primitive caves. 

Nov 19, 20, 21  - We journey to the Sahara desert and spend three glamping nights under starry skies and tall dunes. Imagine connecting with simplicities beauty and solitude in the Sahara. On Nov 20, we camel trek out into the Black Desert for lunch with a Nomad family. David gives consultations and a group talk on how to turn color photos into black and white. The magic of the Sahara inspires deep reflection and visual rejuvenation.

Nov 24 - Travel day toward Essouira. The way is long so we break it up with an overnight inside the walls of Taroudant. Of course, there are images to catch along the way. Perhaps, just maybe, we will see the tree climbing, argan nut eating goats along the way. 

Photo credit: Irving Penn
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Nov 25, 26, 27 - After breakfast in Taroudant, we travel to the Atlantic Coast town of Essaouira.

Essaouira as it’s known today; was built by the Portuguese in the 18th Century as a free port for Europeans engaged in trans-Sahara gold, ivory, and slave trading. It thrived as a port through the 19th Century but by the middle of the 20th Century its economy, and the town itself was all but dead. Little by little, tourism has revived Essaouira. The hippies were the first to come, following in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix, then came surfers. There are many places to explore through our lens. And lots of fish to eat.

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Nov 28, 29  - We spend our last two nights in Marrakech. You'll have the opportunity to explore the Medina and capture the soul and ancient mysticism of the Imperial Red City. 


Nov 30 - Journey ends around 10 AM, after breakfast.

Transfers and departures from Menara Airport. (RAK)




If you wish to stay longer, consult with Ahu. 

  Priced Exclusively for 6 people
$4,675 per person
$1,875 non-refundable deposit and
commitment by August 1, 2023
Balance of $2,800 due on Oct 16, 2023
Contact Ahu for details. 


Price includes:

Arrival and departure private transfers from Marrakech Menara airport 

11 nights, private room accommodation 

3 nights glamping (your own private tent), camel trek, Nomad lunch

All breakfasts 

8 dinners

Private vehicle with professional driver and local English speaking guide

David's one on one photography guidance and teaching

Ahu Smith, Traveler in Chief

Price Excludes:


Travel insurance (

All lunches (except w/ Nomads)

Optional activities

Snacks, drinks, tips

** Expect last minute changes. Patience is essential in Morocco.

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"A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective." - Irving Penn
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