Wild and Imaginative Surrealism Photography by Achraf Baznani

Moroccan photographer and filmmaker Achraf Baznani carries on the traditions of Surrealism with his wild, imaginative, and wholly impractical imagery. Among his inventive scenarios, small human figures—often the artist himself—appear trapped within glass jars or the size of a camera lens; in other works, Baznani more or less dissects his body, as for example, in one, he cleanly removes his brain from his cranium, or in another, twists off his hand, much as if it were a light bulb. Imparted throughout such works are strong senses of humor and wonder, and as such, Baznani’s art offers a Surrealistic take on life experience in the digital age.

A self-taught artist, Baznani has no formal photography education. He lives and works in Morocco.


book is candle



Checking my brain

His dreams started growing and he couldn’t stop expressing his dreams. As a camera was in his hands, he wanted to capture the things in the nature that are very unnatural. In times he started capturing moments that were normal but looked extra ordinary in his pictures. This is how a surreal artist was born.

Achraf Baznani is not only good at photography, but he also likes it to play with the pictures so that he can make them entirely different with his after touch. His photography attempts to find the limits of imagination that are available. His after touch genius provides the photos with a complete different meaning. For example his art of an early day warplane with him on the cockpit without the roof is something unique.

Cleaning the lens



Crane coming from away


is recently launched photobook creativity “Through my lens” has expressed very well the thought that pictures speaks louder than words. He expressed through vivid actions of his lens capturing numerous thought processes and deep thinking progressions running in human mind while facing various challenges in day to day life. Every picture is deeply expressing individual’s happiness, sorrows, loneliness and those through moments which remains closed to ones thoughts and never get expressed to others. In short the photobook has summarized the human life in very impressive manner.

Some of his art and photographs take him as the subject in theme. He often has art that has himself as a miniature human in between regular objects. The art where it shows him standing in the middle of a chess board is an amazing idea that he looks like a knight in there.
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Into the abyss


Money is power

My small world




Ready to fly


Special taste


The aviator

The crash

the illusionist

The kid inside of me

The underwater world

Under the cup

With love

Achraf Baznani’s website: www.baznani.com

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

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