Muhammad the Caricature Artist

Muhammad is a caricature artist from Tituan, Morocco. I met him in the coastal city of Essaouira, when he was drawing a 10 minute caricature of one of my friends.

A man named Muhammad who makes a living from drawing caricatures would raise quite a few eyebrows no doubt. Following the Charlie Hebdo shootings, the idea that satire and anything to do with the arts in general is incompatible with Islam (although whether some of the content Charlie Hebdo publishes comes under the label of “satire” is certainly questionable), has become widespread.

But here is Muhammad, magnifying the chins and noses of his subjects, doing his thing. He got a bit camera shy when I snapped his photo, hence the bashful smile.


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