The photographer Fethi Sahraoui was born in 1993 in Hassi R'Mel, a town in the Great Western Erg, a sandy desert in the Sahara. His family moved north to Mascara, a university town in the Atlas Mountains.
He graduated there in 2018 with a thesis on the contribution of Black American photographers during the civil rights movement and became a full-time photographer. The social realities of Sahraouis homeland are the focus of his work that has been exhibited in renowned institutions such as the Arab World Institute in Paris. In 2017, he received the Prix Léon l'Africain at the Biennale africaine de la photographie in Bamako, Mali. His photographic work has been published on numerous platforms such as the New York Times and others. Fethi Sahraoui is a member of Collective 220, a group of five Algerian photographers.
Sahraoui is currently a scholarship holder at the Künstlerhaus in Eckernförde, Schleswig-Holstein. The artist residence otte1 - named after its location at Ottostraße 1 in Eckernförde - is a place for artistic work and international encounters.