Bronze / 2016 / Book / Documentary

Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015-2016

  • Prize
    Bronze in Book (Series Only)/Documentary
  • Photographer
    Daniel Castro Garcia
  • Credit
    Daniel Castro Garcia

‘Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015–2016’, documents the lives of people at various stages of their migration to Europe. The book is divided into three sections; migration to Italy from Africa, migration to Greece and through the Balkans from the Middle East, and the migrant camp in Calais, ‘The Jungle’. Alongside photography, written texts serve as a context, and a means to share the stories of the people we met during the project. The book was created in response to the imagery used in the media to discuss the issue of migration, which I felt was sensationalist and was not giving people the time and consideration they deserved. I wanted to approach the subject from a calmer perspective, using medium format portrait photography as a means of meeting the people at the centre the crisis, and to use photography as an empowering and dignifying tool rather than one of judgement.