A new exhibit at the Newseum draws attention to the plight of refugees on five continents and is the collective work of five international photographers who tell stories of hope, determination and resilience. “REFUGEE” opens Friday in Washington, D.C., and documents the lives of some of the 60 million people around the world who have had to leave their homelands because of strife, conflict or oppression.
The Annenberg Space for Photography in conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees commissioned the work, which is presented in chapters that focus on refugees in Asia, Africa, South and Central America and Europe, as well as those who have resettled in the United States. Prior to coming to Washington, the exhibit was at the Annenberg gallery in Los Angeles.
From the Slate article about the exhibit:
American photojournalist Lynsey Addario zeroed in on displaced people living in Bangladesh and Myanmar, while British photojournalist Tom Stoddart focused on those seeking refuge in Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, and Germany. Dakar, Senegal-based fine art and fashion photographer Omar Victor Diop’s work shows refugees from the Central African Republic in Cameroon, and photographer Graciela Iturbide highlights refugees in Colombia as well as Central American youth seeking protection in her native Mexico. New York–based portrait photographer Martin Schoeller’s images, meanwhile, present resettled refugees in the United States in his signature hyperdetailed style.
The exhibit also features an original documentary — commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography, produced by Tiger Nest Films and narrated by UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett — that captures “REFUGEE” photographers at work on location, delving further into the stories behind their images.