Photobook: Photographs from the Refugee Crisis by Giles Duley
I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See: Photographs from the Refugee Crisis
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
Giles went on to visit 14 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.
PhotoBite was lucky enough to host a preview of the book, with Giles and the Frontline Club, where he presented the story and some of his experiences behind the book project, at the recent Byline Festival in Sussex.
“I’m not a photographer anymore, I consider myself a storyteller with a focus on humanity and love.” Giles Duley
Giles talking through his new book in the Frontline Club tent during Byline Festival, June 2017
Giles gave an exclusive talk to a packed and captivated audience in the Frontline Club tent on the Saturday of the festival, where he detailed his experiences leading to the collection of resulting images that now form the collection in this book. Incredibly, as Giles concluded his talk, he described himself as, “no longer a photographer, but a storyteller with a focus on love.”
If you buy a single photobook this year, make it this one. Rarely have we seen such a powerful collection of images in a single collection from a single photographer. Giles’ empathy, relationships and, ultimately, his access to the people making up the pages of ‘I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See’ is stunning, and certain to mark him out as one of ‘the greats’ in photography as history reflects on these global events.
‘For years we have used our live shows to try and engage with the big global political issues of our time. Nothing we have done so far, though, has felt as powerful as sharing Giles’ photographs of refugees as we did with our audiences in 2016. Our tour became a platform for positivity and empathy, showing solidarity where little could be found in the mainstream media’ Robert Del Naja, Massive Attack
I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See: Photographs from the Refugee Crisis: Giles Duley.
Texts by Filippo Grandi and Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja
Available from: 12 June 2017: www.saqibooks.com
including 150 original photos | £25 paperback | 9780863561795
‘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.’
All profits from the book will be donated to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
that protects the rights and well-being of refugees all over the world.