In October 2015, Giles Duley was commissioned by the UNHCR to document the refugee crisis. Over the next seven months, he criss-crossed Europe and the Middle East with the aim of putting a human face to one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time.
'Man with kids' by Giles Duley (image: Giles Duley/UNHCR)
Duley visited 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.
I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See: Photographs from the Refugee Crisis, published by Saqi Books brings together over 150 of Giles’s original works, as well as essays by Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and Robert Del Naja from Massive Attack.
A powerful and moving collection, I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See captures how even in the midst of such horror and tragedy, there is humour, the unexpected and, above all, humanity.
The book features the arrival of refugees on beaches (photo: Giles Duley/UNHCR)
All profits made from the sale of the book will be donated to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency that protects the rights and wellbeing of refugees all over the world.
The book, which was published on June 12, is available from all good book retailers.
On Saturday, June 17, artists, poets and photographers at the Imperial War Museum, London on Saturday June 17 to hear about how we respond to contemporary conflicts through live poetry performances, discussion panels and art installations in the event Representing Conflict Now .
As part of the Imperial War Museum’s Meet the Author series, Giles Duley will also be signing copies of his book from 14:00hrs to 15:30.
Duley will also be taking part at a discussion entitled The Refugee Crisis: Stories from the Front Line on Thursday, June 29, at 19:30 at The Guardian in London, which will be chaired by The Guardian’s international affairs correspondent Emma Graham-Harrison.
The panellists include Sybella Wilkes, senior communications officer for the UNHCR, and Hassan Akkad, a former teacher imprisoned by the Assad regime, whose forthcoming BBC documentary Exodus 2 looks at the refugee crisis in Europe.
Giles Duley's book is available from all major book retailers