Kevin Mcelvany has initiated a unique photo project.
This poignant photo project is an attempt to tell about the crisis of migrants in Europe through the eyes themselves. The photographers who shoot this crisis, no shortage, but Kevin Makalani decided to expand the camera’s lens 180 degrees. 28-year-old photographer from Hamburg gave 15 cameras to refugees on the way from Syria and Iran, in countries such as Croatia, Macedonia and Slovakia, and also in Germany. The project under the hashtag #RefugeeCameras launched in December 2015.
Wrapped in blankets refugees stand at dawn in the queue in front of a temporary camp.
“The refugee situation is a very detailed outline, but for some reason lacked the perspective of the first person. I’m trying to give the refugees the opportunity to speak for themselves,” said Kevin.
Diyab from Syria’s Aleppo took a picture of his wife and son Karim at the bus stop.
“Also, there are situations in which journalists are unable to attend. If one of them decides to capture a private moment, it will be quite a different statement and message, I believe. I tried to complete the story and return the refugees the human face in their own history,” — said the photographer.
Of 15 cameras to Kevin returned seven. They were images of refugees in overcrowded boats, disembark on the shore, standing around a fire, riding in trains.
The refugees wrote their stories in small notebooks.
While work was underway on the project, according to the photographer, one of the most interesting aspects was the difference of approaches to the work of those in whose hands was a camera. One shot positive moments with children, and others used the camera to reflect the gravity of the situation. “I met with a large number of refugees at events in Germany, and the stories they told, I created images in my mind. Unfortunately, they often do not document these important moments, and I wondered why. I learned that the more they used the phone for communication or navigation than to remove the path itself. It often turns out that the refugees managed to capture every moment, because I understand that they want to tell me,” says Kevin.
Refugees sit on the floor in a crowded train in Germany.
Hamza and his friend Abdulmonem from Syria was taking pictures of refugees helping each other to get out of the boat. When they approached, wanting to help was not.
Saeed from Iran was on the bus from Athens to idomeni.
On the way walking in the hills before the next settlement group Hamza and Abdulmonem makes a break.
Emaciated woman in the crowd of other passengers of an overcrowded boat.
Son Diaba Kerim jumps and laughs when they get into their temporary bedroom in Germany.
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