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Born in Madrid in 1991, in a context of cultural mixture given by my Spanish-Persian origins, it soon awakens on me an interest to know different social and cultural realities. This will be...
I am honored to have received the first prize of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, organized by the National Portrait Gallery of London, and selected from more than five thousand participating photographs.
It will be exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, among the other 50 finalist, until 8 February 2018.
This portrait of Amadou Sumaila, a Malian refugee who fled his country in 2015 due to the war, was taken aboard a rescue vessel, minutes after his rescue in the Mediterranean Sea, 20 nautical miles off the coast of Libya. It is part of the project 'Passengers', consisting of 118 portraits, with which I seek to name the tragedy that these days are living on the borders of Europe.
Friday, September 1, 2017
| Success Stories
| V. Feature
Cesar Dezfuli spent three weeks aboard a Mediterranean rescue ship shooting portraits of refugees - but says this single shot of Amadou, a refugee crossing the Mediterranean, sums up much about the migrants' feelings.
My latest reportage "Banjul to Biella. The European Dream", following the story of a Gambian boy on his daily life after being rescued from a rubber boat drifting in the Mediterranean, is featured by the German Magazine Fluter.de
Roads and Kingdoms features the story of Malick, the latest reportage I´ve been working on.
Malick is a Gambian asylum seeker who was rescued last summer from a rubber boat drifting in the Mediterranean. He is now starting a new life in Italy while waiting for an answer to his asylum request.
The portrait of Amadou Sumaila, a young West African refugee rescued 20 nautical miles off the Lybian coast from a rubber boat with 118 people on board, will be exhibited at the Museum of Sydney until 9 July.
I hope this award serves to raise awareness of more and more people about the terrible situation that thousand of people are facing everyday in the different migratory routes around the world.
Since March 9th, 2016, when the so-called "Balkan route" was closed, and with it any possibility of legal crossing across its borders, thousands of refugees have been stranded in the middle of their way to the European Union. In the case of Serbia, where at the end of August a total of 103,585 refugees had passed by according to UNHCR reports, the number of people remaining in the country and the time they spend there has continued to increase. If before the closure of the borders, there were around a thousand refugees in Serbian territory, now they surpass the 7 thousand according to the last report of 2016.
The anguish is reflected in their gestures and glances while the sound of alarms seizes the atmosphere a few meters away from the metal fence and its barbed rolls. A group of 18 refugees is trying to hide in the darkness of the night, while a helicopter, which has barely taken a few minutes to get since the first sighting, flies over their heads. From the air, an informer focus seeks his steps, while flashing headlights and barking dogs feel closer.
This scene is lived every night somewhere on the border between Serbia and Hungary, especially since a year ago finalized the construction of the border fence by the Hungarian authorities. Although the barrier has hampered the irregular crossing of refugees in their way to Europe, it has not managed to prevent hundreds of thousands of people who have walked through this route along the last year.