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 the extremes. Since 1999, Gross has worked in...
Focus:Photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist, Radio Producer
Skills:Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Book Layout/Design, Black & White Printing
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.