In 2016, I worked with six Syrian refugees who were volunteering with Red Cross in the refugee camp where they lived in northern Greece. It was super simple photography project, where they used disposable cameras to document camp life.
What came back was just superb, the intimate sharing could never be rendered by a photographer who didn’t live there, and the composition of people who do not take photos for a living was amazing.
“They’re losing their young lives. They should be at school, living somewhere safe. Not it Syria where there are bombs and fighting every day. And not here in this camp where there are snakes and nothing to do.” Saleh Barakat / IFRC ~ feature image.
Providing a platform for people to tell their own story is my ultimate objective. Getting out of the way and letting people connect with the audience is the best path to real engagement between the two.