The Importance of Humanising Refugees

By: Alexander Huang-Menders
I traveled to Greece to document the refugee crisis in Athens and Chios island as part of my family’s The Power of Faces portrait project. Through this project, we endeavor to put a human face to the refugee crisis. We created a makeshift studio and took studio portraits of individuals, families, or groups of friends detained in Chios’s Souda and Vial refugee camps. We seek to show individuals with their inherent beauty, courage, dignity, and grace. Realising that most refugees have lost all their personal possessions when they fled their homelands, we also give printed portraits to the individuals. To date, we have distributed thousands of photographs to the individuals we have met in camps in Greece, Turkey, Mexico and Bangladesh.