Anyone who believes Europe’s current refugee crisis is unprecedented should take a look through Magnum Photos’ archives. The world-famous photo agency has covered many similar events since its foundation in 1947. Indeed, one of Magnum’s earliest photobooks, David ‘Chim’ Seymour’s Enfants d’Europe – published in conjunction with UNESCO in 1949 – captures the plight of displaced children, many of whom were housed in refugee camps following the Greek civil war.
Seymour’s book features in our new publication Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonné, and some of his images also appear in a new outdoor photo exhibition opening in London this week.
UK human-rights organization Amnesty International has partnered with the world-famous photo agency to host a free public exhibition of refugee photographs from the 1940s up until the present day.
The show, I Welcome, runs 7 – 18 December along London’s South Bank, in an effort to illustrate how often these sorts of crises have arisen over the decades following the Second World War.
I Welcome forms part of Amnesty’s larger campaign, in which it is calling on the UK Government to share responsibility in responding to the crisis.