@ Zuma Press
based in Oakland, California
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David Gross is drawn to stories of humanity on the edges of civilization. Gross found himself photographing war and its aftermath, trying to discover what it means to be a human being by looking at...
I am currently planning to implement an art & photography project with San Francisco north bay fire survivors. Many of the issues we see with war refugees apply to disaster survivors, and often the same techniques apply for psychological assistance.
If you are an editor who is looking for a unique perspective on the human impacts of this disaster, please contact me. See my recent project with refugees across Europe for examples, and see my website for examples of my work. ( http://davidgrossphoto.com/ )
I am still making arrangements, but I expect to go out on Oct. 18, to shoot photos and video, collect audio, and implement art workshops.
I have extensive experience shooting wildfire (including the basic 38 training course required for US Forest Service firefighters).
The first exhibition of The Inside-Outside Project in Europe opened at the California State University East Bay art gallery. Visitors are reacting strongly the unique combination of photography and drawings, finding meaning and feeling in their meetings with these kids.
Quick Video of the show: https://www.facebook.com/inside.outside/videos/1727779077255200/
TV Coverage: http://www.ktvu.com/news/refugee-childrens-artwork-at-csu-east-bay-exhibit-tells-their-stories?utm_content=buffer5b57b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
The Inside-Outside Project in Europe is now available as an "exclusive" project on Visura.co. After four months traveling the "refugee trail" through the Balkans to Germany, I have returned with over 100 portraits, hundreds of drawings, and a unique way of understanding the refugee experience through the ideas of children. I have created sample pages showing subjects and their artwork.
It's been a wonderful but difficult three months working on the Inside-Outside Project. I started in Athens in April 2017, and I've now arrived in Vienna, Austria, after working Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary. In each country, I found groups of children to teach and photograph, but every time it has been difficult.
I was unable to collaborate with the big, well-known NGO's who have access to refugee camps. They say don't want photos of the kids (despite constantly displaying photos of children!). Go figure...
As well, access to refugees (Syrians, in particular) can be quite difficult — most have been sent on to Germany or are now in government controlled camps. I managed to find students, but it hasn't been easy.
In Vienna, I'll be working (starting Sunday) with a Syrian social worker I know from Turkey, and with her team of four volunteers (including a Syrian brain surgeon!). Hopefully, it will be a bit more organized than Greece, where I had to work in an illegal anarchist squat at the City Plaza Hotel!
From April until June of 2017, the Inside-Outside Project is setting out to follow the paths of the refugees on their way to find a new home. I begin in Turkey and end in Holland, following the route of the refugees and stopping in each country along the way.
Last time, I met refugee children who had just found safety. This time, I document what it is to be a refugee child on the move. The “Inside” is seen in the artwork created in art therapy-inspired classes. The “Outside” is shown with dignified, formal photographic portraits.
It is a unique way to show the effects of war and exodus on children.
I'll be teaming up with journalists along the way — this is supposed to be a collaboration.
Editors who are interested in getting in early, please contact me!
Also, this is a crowdfunded project, and I'll be fundraising the whole time from http://gofundme.com/insideoutsideproject
An exhibition of my portraits of Syrian children, the Inside-Outside Project, is up at the San Francisco World Affairs Council, on view from February 2 – April 29, 2016.
David Gross’ photography for the Inside-Outside Project lets you see through the eyes of both the photographer and the subjects. The Syrian refugee children were photographed using classical European portraiture and lighting technique, showing them with dignity and freeing them from the role of “poor refugee.” The photography sessions were combined with painting classes, and the children’s artwork lets us see the refugee experience through their eyes. The portraits and drawings are too familiar to be foreign, and we are left with the realization these could be our children.