M'hammed Kilito (b. 1981, Lviv) is a documentary photographer and a National Geographic explorer based in Casablanca, Morocco. His practice focuses on the relationship between groups or individuals and their environments. His works capture narratives that facilitate an understanding of this relationship, covering issues related to cultural identity, the sociology of work, and climate change. Currently, Kilito is completing the prestigious two-year VII Mentor Program. His latest project Before It's Gone was shortlisted for Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2022, is the recipient of the Contemporary Artist Prize by François Schneider Foundation, the first prize of Encontros da Imagem, the Visura Grant for Freelance Visual Journalists and is the winner of Getxophoto 2023 Open Call and the grand prize of Kranj Photo Festival.
World Press Photo Foundation designated Kilito as the north African regional coordinator for the 2022 World Press Photo Contest. Ateliers Medicis and the Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap) selected Kilito in 2021 to take part in the French national photographic commission: "Regards du Grand Paris". In 2020, Kilito was chosen by the British Journal of Photography among the 18 emerging photographers from across the globe to watch, was the winner of 6x6 Global Talent by World Press Photo, received The Photography Prize of the Fondation des Treilles and won CAP Prize, the prize for the contemporary African photography. This same year, he co-founded KOZ, a collective of four Moroccan visual artists working on long-term projects and sharing a passion for storytelling. He is an alumnus of the 2019 edition of the Eddie Adams Workshop in New York where he earned a National Geographic Award. In 2018, Kilito was part of the Arab Documentary Photography Program, a joint program by the Magnum Foundation, the Arab Fund for Art and Culture (AFAC), and the Prince Claus Fund during which he worked on his ongoing project Portrait of a generation questioning the realities of Moroccan youth. In 2016, he received a grant from the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Morocco and started photographing the series Destiny about the relationship between work and social determinism which was exhibited at PhotoESPAÑA Festival (Madrid), the French Institute (Rabat), Addis Foto Festival (Addis Ababa), Revela'T Festival (Barcelona) and The Africa Institute (Sharjah). His work has been shown at festivals and venues including Sharjah Art Foundation (Sharjah), 1:54 Art Fair (Paris), Tate Modern (London), National Museum of Photography (Rabat), Beirut Image Festival (Beirut), Photo Vogue Festival (Milan), Helsinki Photo Festival (Helsinki) and Breda Photo Festival (Breda) amidst others. His photographs have been featured in magazines and newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The British Journal of Photography, Vogue Italia, L'Express, VICE Arabia, and El Pais. Kilito graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Montreal and an M.A. in Political Science from Ottawa University.