The Humanity House was packed on Sunday the 17th of September. We then closed the very successful weekend of Studio Aleppo [The Hague]. During this weekend, Robin de Puy portrayed fifty ‘old’ and ‘new’ residents of The Hague. At the closing debat, we discussed what influence a photographer can have on social perceptions and prejudices within society.
In the first part, Robin talks about her experience of the Studio Aleppo weekend. At a very high pace, she photographed fifty The Hague residents. Is there anyone in particular who sticks in her mind? And does a portrait say more about the person portrayed or more about the photographer? Robin tells it in the video below.
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In the second part of the debate, Omar Imam, Donald Weber and Joyce Lagerweij talk about the image on refugees. In recent years, there have been a number of photography and multimedia projects with a similar aim: to give refugees a face. But do projects of this kind have any effect on social perceptions of refugees within Dutch society? Do we reach the right people?