The Photographer is Me
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‘The Photographer Is Me’ is a participatory arts photography project in collaboration with a community of West Midlands based asylum seekers. Catalysed by the desire to shift the power dynamic within photography, the project set out host virtual workshops with intent to educate, inform and cultivate a safe space for participants to express their creativity. Via the combination of participant photographs, emulsion lifts, oral storytelling and artist portraits – the project has realised into a photobook co-authored by McGill and his participants.
Individuals seeking asylum in Britain often live on the margins of society after fleeing their native country, their life has been catapulted from one nation to another. Yet, even as they find comfort in Britain, they are met with the hostile environment imposed by the British government. It was always important to support the participants creative development through such a creative service that is often not provided to individuals seeking asylum.