Past Exhibition

I Welcome: an Amnesty International & Magnum Photos exhibition

A new exhibition on London’s Southbank features refugee crises past and present, bringing together 70 years of work by Magnum photographers

David Seymour Refugees from the civil war areas, Ioannina, Greece, 1948. © David Seymour | Magnum Photos
Moises Saman A man stands at the scene of a fire that destroyed a plastic factory in the Khatba district of Tripoli, Libya, 2011. © Moises Saman | Magnum Photos
Lorenzo Meloni A family stands on what is left of their home, Kobani, Syria, 2015. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos
Chien-Chi Chang Refugee boats, rafts, and lifejackets accumulate in an ever-growing 10-acre dump site, Lesbos, Greece, 2016. © Chien-Chi Chang | Magnum Photos
Thomas Dworzak Chechen refugees living in neighbouring Ingushetia, Russia, 1999. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
Werner Bischof The foot of a displaced person, Bonn, Germany, 1946. © Werner Bischof | Magnum Photos
Chris Steele-Perkins Refugees in the desert in Jordan, 1990. © Chris Steele-Perkins | Magnum Photos
Cristina Garcia Rodero Kosovan refugees in Macedonian refugee camp in Stenkovac, Macedonia, 1999. © Cristina Garcia Rodero | Magnum Photos
Chien-Chi Chang Refugees gather to charge their mobile phones in a makeshift power station powered with diesel fuel, Idomeni, Greece, 2016. © Chien-Chi Chang | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini Dismantling of the southern part of Calais ‘jungle’ in France, 2015. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Bieke Depoorter A letter for Doc Mohammed, from his host Cicely in Glasgow, Great Britain, 2015. © Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini Syrian families take a rest at a refugee camp near the Serbian-Hungarian border, Vasariste, Serbia, 2015. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos

This new exhibition on London’s Southbank presents a visual representation of the scale of international displacement since the end of World War II, putting a human face to the statistics and news stories. The photographs on display illustrate the reasons many are forced to flee, the journeys they face and for some, the end point of safety. The earliest photographs on display are Magnum co-founder David ‘Chim’ Seymour’s images of child refugees in Greece in 1946, counterpointed with Chien-Chi Chang’s photograph of a mountain of lifejackets abandoned in Lesbos taken just earlier this year. From Philip Jones Griffiths 1968 image of those fleeing their homes in Vietnam in 1968, to Thomas Dworzak’s Chechen refugee children playing in the snow in Russia in 1999 and Lorenzo Meloni’s recent image of a Syrian family in front of the rubble which used to be their home – the photographs provide a small glimpse into the narratives of the those uprooted in the past decades and offer an historical context to the current refugee crisis in Europe.

Magnum photographers included:

Olivia Arthur, Bruno Barbey, Ian Berry, Werner Bischof, Chien-Chi Chang, Bieke Depoorter, Thomas Dworzak, Nikos Economopoulos, Cristina García Rodero, Philip Jones Griffiths, Erich Lessing, Lorenzo Meloni, Moises Saman, Jerome Sessini, David Seymour, Chris Steele-Perkins, Newsha Tavakolian, John Vink, Patrick Zachmann

The exhibition is part of Amnesty’s I Welcome campaign which calls on the UK to share responsibility in responding to the refugee crisis, and marks the lead up to Magnum Photos’ 70th anniversary next year.

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