Fazal Sheikh: Cruel and Tender < watch video here
“Sheikh’s interest in photographing refugee communities began after he visited Kenya in the early 1990s and documented the refugee camps near the border with Somalia. He treats his subjects as individuals, identifying them by name, and writing texts that explain the political circumstances that forced them to leave their home. Before taking photographs, he spends weeks living in the camps, giving his work a genuine depth and engagement.” I particularly like how Sheikh combines the text and image to create a greater final product with more weighting and profoundness. The honesty in his work and dedication of portraying the realties of his subjects situations really enhances the photography and the viewer is able to truly connect with the images before them. I like the idea of using text and image together in my own book to really bring the piece alive and add new dimensions to the photo’s.