These were the aching question that took me by shock as I looked through Brian Sokol's photographic series on Refugees. Before we get started, just curb that sympathy shot, because these people need much more than bland sympathetic sighs and tears. These are people who continue to live half-lives, torn amidst political squabbles that concerns them not. That's the whole logic of Displacement - its a quagmire that affects people peripheral to the cause of conflict.
Brian Sokol is a New York-based photographer who closely works with the UN Refugee Agency and calls himself "a photographer dedicated to documenting human rights issues and humanitarian crisis in post-conflict societies". Be it the Days Japan and Smithsonian Magazine space and exhibits in USA, Japan, Korea and Nepal or the National Geographic Magazine's Eddie Adams grant, his intuitive works reflect the underbelly of a world rattled with conflict.
One of his master projects - "The Most Important Things" had me glued to the core. It is a photographic marvel that captures the dislocated refugees from Syria, Mali and Sudan in the makeshift camps that is the only known home they have as of now. As Sokol travelled to these camps personally, his lens captured the refugees holding onto the one most important thing of their past lives that they could not let go, even as they esacped their natal places at the height of conflict. Moreover, Brian's captures are rightly in hues of black and white. Well that's how their lives are.
Brian alsoo works for select corporate institutions and charitable organisations, awakening the larger society to the other side of human lives. It's indeed touching!
We'll take you through some of his bestest clicks from this series.
Take a pause to value what you have, think of a cause and do the needful for those affected by the uncertainity uncertainty of Life.
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