Refugee Crisis: 2016 in Europe

This spread was a class assignment where we using images from the AP and Reuters wires to create an end of year story about the Refugee Crisis in Europe. With supplied text, we had to look for images that paired well with the written story. Images are used for educational purposes only.

I searched the entire year in places like Greece, Syria, and France. The article led me to gravitate more towards the photos that showed the experiences of the little kids.I found photos that showed kids trying to have some sense of being a kid. The opening spread was a wide scene setter of tents that had negative space for text. The text color was pulled from the lower right tent.

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I went on to show a more dramatic photo of children who were on their journey to refuge and then showed what some of the kids lives are like in the camps. I wanted to highlight the struggle they faced, but also keep in mind that perhaps not every moment in their life is unhappy and sometimes they just want to act like kids and play games. 


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Keeping in mind the small scale of the images at the bottom, I looked for scenes that were less upsetting and read at a small size. They give a sense of place and also show some lighter moments. Without proper education it is understandable that there would be many images of children playing.

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I used the space of the last page to emphasis the message written in red paint. It summarized the feelings of the refugees and also kept and emphasis on the children who were being greatly affected by a lack of schooling.