Magnum Photo Exhibition to Help Celebrate Scottish Refugee Week

An exhibition staged by the world-renowned Magnum Photos co-operative photo-journalism agency is opening in Glasgow, to mark an annual celebration of refugee arts and culture.

The exhibition – at Trongate 103 – is part of what organisers say is the “biggest programme ever' in the history of Refugee Week Scotland.

'Sixty Years, Six Lives' marks the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention. It runs from between the 20th and 26th of next month, with a press view taking place on Thursday.

The pictures are by Lancashire-born Ian Berry who made his reputation in South Africa, where he worked for the Daily Mail. He was the only photographer to document the massacre at Sharpeville in 1960, and his photographs were used in a trial to prove the victims' innocence.

Magnum was formed following the Second World War by pioneers of photo-journalism including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Berry has photographed refugees around the UK, including Scotland, who came here seeking safety, since the 1950s.

Refugee Week Scotland is co-ordinated by the Scottish Refugee Council and runs from June 20-26 at venues across Scotland. 'Sixty Years, Six Lives' is one of over 100 events taking place during the week.

Say the organisers, in a statement: “Refugee Week was first held in 1998, and was created in response to the increasingly negative perceptions of refugees and asylum seekers held by the general public in Britain. It remains the only UK-wide event that promotes the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities.”

For more information about the photography exhibition, in particular, or Refugee Week Scotland, in general, email media@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk 

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