Eritrean photographer


I got contacted by Alex Riedlinger, an Eritrean photographer keen on sharing is work. Alex has done work in Ethiopia and Nigeria. In Portland, OR, he focuses on Black and African immigrant communities. - Yagazie

Just Like That is a documentary photography series shot in Southwest Nigeria. It is a work that combines street photography, music, dance, and religious ritual documentation. While in Nigeria, Alex Riedlinger spent considerable time shadowing young Yoruba Ifa priests that are heirs to an old and respected religious practice involving complex systems of divination, an expansive oral and musical tradition and the worship of ancestors and precolonial deities called Orisa. The young fetish priests depicted in this series represent a synthesis of traditional Yoruba identity and contemporary values. 

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The Human Face of Migration 

via photoworks: According to a BBC article published 25 June 2015, more than 150,000 migrants have crossed into Europe this year and the number shows no sign of abating. The majority of imagery we see through media outlets in relation to the migrant crisis is reportage-based, photojournalistic, but some photographers are choosing to interpret the theme of migration in more creative ways.

Aida Silvestri: Even This Will Pass

Sam Ivin: Lingering Ghosts

Michael Radford: Our Rights

Aida Silvestri whose project Even This Will Pass explores the journeys and experiences of Eritrean refugees. Silvestri, who was born in Eritrea to an Italian father and Eritrean mother, photographed refugees from the East African country who have made the dangerous journey to London on foot, by car, bus, lorry, boat, train, aeroplane, and even by camel. To protect the peoples’ identities she unfocused her lens when taking each portrait, and mapped the routes they had taken across the surfaces of the images. What results is a powerful and moving collection of portraits through which the photographer intelligently and imaginatively interprets what is a huge and difficult to document issue.

Sam Ivin photographed asylum seekers from Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Eritrea, Egypt, Sudan and Iraq, among other places, who now live in Cardiff. Like Silvestri, Ivin was conscious of protecting his subject’s identities so he decided to scratch away the surfaces of his images until the people were no longer recognisable. The act of literally scratching away the person’s face also acts as metaphor for the loss of identity many asylum seekers suffer as they wait to learn whether or not they will be granted refugee status in the UK. These are people, says Ivin, who are in a state of limbo, unable to fully integrate into British society, and whose futures are uncertain

Michael RadfordOur Rights focuses on members of the migrant community in Château Rouge, northern Paris – one of the largest in France, according to Radford. Constructing a pop-up street studio using a sheet and a flashgun, Radford photographed passersby against a white background, removing all context. Viewers can see these digital collages here; clicking on part of the image takes the viewer through to the complete portrait.