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PhotoBite Presents: Giles Duley @ Byline Festival

Simon Skinner - 4 years ago

This Saturday 3rd June in the depths of East Sussex, [Pippingford Estate, nr East Grinstead], PhotoBite have the pleasure of introducing Giles Duley for an intimate presentation and book signing in the Frontline Club bar/tent at the inaugural Byline Festival

Directly after the PhotoBite panel discussion in the Data Dome at the Byline Festival, where a number of prolific photojournalists and documentary photographers will discuss various topics surrounding the practice; Giles will give a presentation of his recent work in the Frontline Club Bar/Tent, and will also introduce his new book, ‘I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See: Photographs from the Refugee Crisis’. A not for profit project that will see all profits being donated to UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency that protects the rights and well-being of refugees all over the world.

Giles will be presenting in the Frontline Club Bar this Saturday 3rd June at 5:15 pm.

‘I can’t tell you what it is like to be a refugee; I can’t speak for the people of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. I can only bear witness. Earlier I said that I question if there is such a thing as truth in photography. However, I do believe there can be honesty, honesty in witnessing what we see in as balanced a way as we can. To the best of my abilities I have tried that, for as a photographer I can only tell you what I see.’ Giles Duley

About Giles

Born in London in 1971, Giles Duley is an award-winning photographer, writer, documentary maker, public speaker and trustee of the charity EMERGENCY. His work has been published worldwide in publications such as The Observer, Marie Claire, Esquire, FHM and The Times. He recently collaborated with Massive Attack who included his images in the visual graphics for their European tour.

Giles Duley previously worked as an editorial fashion and music photographer for GQ, Vogue, Esquire andSelect, among others, photographing the likes of Kings of Leon, Oasis, Mariah Carey, The Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz and Christian Bale. His portrait of Marilyn Manson was voted by Q Magazine as one of the “Greatest Rock Photographs of All Time”. He then went on to document the lesser known stories of human suffering and resilience around the world, working with NGOs such as Mine Advisory Group, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Handicap International, Save the Children and UNHCR.

In 2011, whilst documenting the civilian impact of war in Afghanistan, Giles was to “become the story” after stepping on an IED, losing both legs and his left arm. He survived and after 18 months, 30+ operations and rehabilitation he resumed his photographic work. The Channel 4 documentary “Return to the Frontline” about Giles’ return to Afghanistan won the Best International Current Affairs Documentary Prize (2013) at the Association for International Broadcasting awards and the Foreign Press Association Award for TV Documentary Story of the Year (2013). Some of his documentaries include “The Girl Who Lost Her Face” and “Invisible People” both with Channel 4 Unreported World.

Giles is a frequent guest on TV and radio, including Radio 4’s Today, BBC HARDtalk, The One Show, WDR, CNN, NBC and Channel 4 News. He has spoken at TEDx (London, Exeter), Houses of Parliament, Chicago Ideas Week, Bellinzola Photo festival (Switzerland), Frontline club (London), Life is Beautiful (Las Vegas), EG (SanFrancisco) and EESC (European Economic and Social Comity).

Giles will be presenting in the Frontline Club Bar this Saturday 3rd June at 5:15 pm.

I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See: Photographs from the Refugee Crisis

Giles Duley, with texts by Filippo Grandi and Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja

In October 2015, Giles Duley was commissioned by the UNHCR to document the refugee crisis. Over the next seven months, he was to criss-cross Europe and the Middle East attempting to put a human face to one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time. His brief was simple: to follow his heart. Duley visited fourteen countries to tell the stories of individuals and families forced to flee their homes. He chronicled the turmoil of Lebanon, the camps of Jordan and Iraq, hellish scenes on the beaches of Lesvos and the refugees’ arrival in Germany. Bringing together over 150 original photographs and original essays by Filippo Grandi and Robert Del Naja, this book captures how even in the midst of such horror and tragedy there is humour, the unexpected and, above all, humanity.

Publication date: 12 June 2017, advanced signed copies available during Byline Festival.

150 original photos | £25 paperback | 9780863561795
All profits donated to UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency that protects the rights and well-being of refugees all over the world.

‘This is what I love about Giles’s photography. Looking at his images, we can feel what he feels. It’s clear that he connects deeply to the human condition of people from all over the world.’

Angelina Jolie

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.