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Zayn, 14, from Idlib, Syria. She traveled with her family to Europe from Turkey on a rubber boat in September 2015 and at the time this picture was taken was awaiting asylum status in Sweden. ~ 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.

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Rawa, 18, from Zabadani, Syria. She traveled from Syria alone and at the time this picture was taken had been living in Sweden for 1.5 years. ~ 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.

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Fadia, 17, from the province of Homs, Syria. At the time this picture was taken, she had been in Lebanon for three years and was living in the Bekaa Valley. ~ 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.

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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.

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Yasmine, 16, from Aleppo, Syria. At the time this picture was taken, she had been in Lebanon four years ago and was living in the city of Tyre. ~ 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.

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Natalia, at the annual Selena Fan Gathering, Los Angeles, CA, 2017 ~ Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. The next few posts are some of my favorite portraits commissioned by different publications. 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 for looking.

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Barbra Streisand, 2016 ~ Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. The next few posts are some of my favorite portraits commissioned by different publications. 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.

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Performance artist Dynasty Handbag, 2016 ~ Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. The next few posts are some of my favorite portraits commissioned by different publications. 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 for looking.

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Pamela Anderson, 2016 ~ Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. The next few posts are some of my favorite portraits commissioned by different publications. 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.

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Camila Cabello, 2017 ~ Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. The next few posts are some of my favorite portraits commissioned by different publications. 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 for looking.

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Viggo Mortensen, Los Angeles, CA ~ Hi Everyone, this is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. The next few posts are some of my favorite portraits commissioned by different publications. 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 for looking.

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Olivia Munn, Los Angeles, CA ~ Hi Everyone, my name is Emily Berl (@emilyberl) and I’m a Los Angeles based photographer. The next few posts are some of my favorite portraits commissioned by different publications. 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.

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