Born in Iran in 1966 Cyrus Javid lived there until he was 25. He migrated to the United States in 1991 and became a US citizen in 1999.
Mostly a self-taught photographer, Cyrus strives to be better with every photograph. Line, color, shape, form, texture, balance, movement, pattern, and proportion are integral parts of his images. Through their use, he hopes to create images that are unique, and to offer his viewers a new perspective. Javid loves color images but dreams in black and white.
For Cyrus, trying to describe Morocco in words seems an impossible task. It is a magical land full of mystery and wonder that must be experienced. Snake charmers, spice souks and welcoming smiles of locals are a few examples of what draws millions of travelers to this North African country. Diverse people, a beautiful natural landscape, a complex and long history, bustling medieval medinas along with a thriving modern society are among what drew Javid to Morocco.
Morocco has successfully blended its Berber, Jewish and Arabian cultural heritage with external European influences like the French and the Spanish. This heady mix of old and new is the reason behind the thriving contemporary Morocco. The main appeal for some visitors to Morocco has always been its ability to create a balance between the exotic and the ordinary.
Historically, it is home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the archaeological site of Volubilis, the medinas of Fes and Marrakech, and the city of Rabat. Architecturally, the influences of the Arab world, Spain, Portugal and France can be seen throughout the country, either on their own, or blended with Berber and Islamic styles. Ethnically, it is a diverse country with a rich culture and civilization. Throughout its history, it has been home to many people including Jews, Arabs, Sub-Saharan Africans, Romans and Andalusians.
The images in this exhibition were made a few years ago. Javid’s adventure took him to Casablanca; Rabat, with its green hills by the Atlantic ocean; Fes, with its ancient winding medina; Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara Desert, with its shifting colored sands; the rugged twisted roads of the Atlas Mountains; and finally, the amazing Marrakech, where spice and argon oil souks and snake charmers fill the long winding alleys of Jamaa-el-fna.