Inane, 14, from Al-Hasakah, Syria. At the time this picture was taken, she had been in Lebanon for three years and was living in Hadath, a suburb of Beirut.
This picture is from my project “The End Will Be Good And Happy” (2016). It is part of a group photography project called “DISPATCHED,” where six photographers explored different issues related to those displaced by the Syrian Civil War. I chose to photograph Syrian refugee teenage girls living in both Lebanon and Sweden. Lebanon shares a border with Syria and is therefore a convenient but desperate place for refugees to relocate. The system in Lebanon is not set up to support the number of refugees who have arrived. In contrast, many Syrians risk their lives seeking permanent residence in countries like Sweden, which have historically welcomed refugees with open arms, although that is now changing. In addition to the portraits, this project also includes excerpts from interviews with the girls as well as pictures, drawings and videos from them about their experiences. Swipe left to read the interviews.
Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. This week I’ll be sharing photos from a few projects as well and some commissioned portraits made along the way. My photography largely centers around documentary portraiture, exploring people with similar dreams, aspirations and obsessions. Portraiture is a way for me to get close to people and understand what drives them. Thanks so much for looking.