Beyond the selfie

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A selfie snapshot from the Inside Za’atari Tumblr

The Magnum photographer Michael Christopher Brown, known for taking most of his on-the-ground images using his iPhone, spent a week last August in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan teaching Syrian refugee teenagers how to take and manipulate photos with mobile phones for a programme organised with the charity Save the Children. “I asked the group to show me their daily reality,” Brown said. A young participant called Samar expressed her enthusiasm for the project, saying her dream since childhood has been to travel the world as a photojournalist. An online gallery on Tumblr will chronicle the work of Samar and her peers over the next year. The director for Save the Children in Jordan, Saba Mobsalat, explains that the pictures “remind us that behind all of the numbers, each Syrian child is an individual with a life and a voice… just like any teenager in any country”.

From In The Frame
Published online: 17 November 2014

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