The Syrian war has created an unprecedented refugee crisis with millions of Syrians displaced. More than 100,000 of them live on a barren stretch of dirt in northern Jordan at the Zaatari refugee camp, now the second largest refugee camp in the world. Four photographers from the NOOR agency documented daily life in the camp. More than 100 of these images were blown up as large as 9 feet wide and were pasted on nearly 200 meters of the barbed wire concrete security wall which surrounds the entrance to the camp. In order to bring attention to the refugee crisis, some of the images from the Za’atari wall, will be reproduced at Photoville as outdoor prints on two large centrally placed containers.
Nina Berman is an American photographer who has covered the conflict in Bosnia and Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. She now focuses attention on the aftermath of war and contemporary political, and social landscapes in the U.S. Her photographs and videos have been exhibited at over one hundred venues worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Poland, and Dublin Contemporary (IMMA).
She has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Open Society Foundations, World Press Photo, and Hasselblad, among others. She is an associate professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and she is a member of NOOR photo agency.
Andrea Bruce (USA) has spent the last 10 years chronicling the world’s most troubled areas, focusing on Iraq and Afghanistan. She has received multiple honors including the first Chris Hondros award, and the Overseas Press Club John Faber award.
Alixandra Fazzina (UK), focuses on under-reported conflicts and the often forgotten humanitarian consequences of war. She is the recipient of the Nansen Refugee Award and author of “A Million Shillings: Escape from Somalia.”
Stanley Greene (USA) has spent a lifetime bearing witness to the personal stories of war and destruction. He is the author of “Open Wound: Chechnya 1994-2003; Black Passport, and most recently “The Western Front.” He is a founding member of NOOR images.
NOOR is photography/film collective with twelve members located around the world committed to documenting critical contemporary issues through individual and group projects.