We Used To Photograph People Around The World In Their Homes, Now We Are Documenting Refugees Seeking Safety
It used to be thrilling being on the ground in-country, stepping into new cultures and – most importantly – meeting new people. We’ve learned that walking around with our cameras, making eye contact and smiling is often all that’s needed to start a conversation. Our cameras are keys which – if we ask politely — got us welcomed into strangers’ homes.
Our work as documentary photographers has us working in locations around the world. We focus on women’s issues, children’s issues, the alleviation of poverty and, most recently, the global refugee crisis.
Our HOMES Series is exactly that: people everywhere in the world in the comfort of their own home. Homes (not houses, mind you) are supposed to give solace, protection and serenity. It doesn’t matter if the structure is lavish or humble, to the occupants it’s their refuge from the outside world.
Home is where most everyone wishes to be but today millions of displaced people – refugees – no longer have homes. After fleeing conflict and persecution, millions of refugees are being detained in camps for months or years hoping for safety and asylum.
The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) calls the current refugee crisis “the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time”. These 65 million refugees are human beings – men, women, children – and not merely faceless statistics. These individuals are not just numbers. These individuals matter.
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