Exile: New Exhibition Explores 70 Years of International Migration and Displacement




Exile, a new exhibition at the French documentary photography festival, will bring together the work of 22 Magnum Photographers to present a visual representation of nearly 70 years of international migration and displacement.

The exhibition, at Visa Pour L’Image Perpignan, is a collaboration between Magnum Photos and Canon, who will also be providing a free portfolio review for emerging photographers at the festival.Exile, brings together work of 22 Magnum Photographers to present a visual representation of nearly 70 years of international migration and displacement. The exhibition, at Visa Pour L’Image Perpignan, is a collaboration between Magnum Photos and Canon, who will also be providing a free portfolio review for emerging photographers at the festival. 

Providing a historical context to the current migration crisis in Europe, Exile, includes images of civilians returning home following World War II by Robert Capa; Philip Jones Griffiths’ Vietnamese woman fleeing a US bomb attack; and John Vink’s documentation of the displaced in South Sudan. Presenting coverage of conflicts ranging from the Six Day War, Iraq, Rwanda and the Arab Spring the exhibition also includes work by Abbas, Bruno Barbey, Robert Capa, Thomas Dworzak, Alex Majoli, Susan Meiselas, Paulo Pellegrin and Jerome Sessini amongst others. Forgoing historical, chronological or geographical order, the exhibition aims to illustrate the sheer number of those uprooted, made homeless and transient, progressing towards an uncertain future. 

Alongside the exhibition, Magnum Photos, and Canon are organising First Impressions, a free 5-day portfolio review event at Visa Pour L’Image for photographers wishing to gain an insightful and honest critique of their work. Confirmed reviewers include James Estrin, Co-Editor of Lens Blog for the New York Times, Olivier Laurent, Editor of LightBox at TIME magazine, Francesca Sears, Content Director at Magnum Photos and Magnum photographer, Lorenzo Meloni. 

First Impressions is aimed at emerging photographers who have published or exhibited their work at least once or been involved in professional photography work for at least 3 years. 

Exhibitions are open from August 27 to September 11, 2016. They present stories or anthologies of a photographer’s work, reporting on wars, nature, the environment, people, religious issues, and social phenomena, plus the great scourges of our time.

Photo: Along the Turkey-Syria border. March 2012. Syrian refugees arrive inside Turkish territory under the cover of night after being smuggled from in from Syria © Moises Saman / Magnum Photos


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