‘I want to be a free person in this country, to be equal. This photography, this book, gives me a voice to show others the way of life of a new Londoner. This is our chance, we are making a piece of history’ Mussie Haile, a New Londoner
‘Each of the photographs in this book is a record of a moment of choice, made by someone who has not always been able to choose the most basic things about how or where to live’ Hari Kunzru, author
New Londoners brought together 15 unaccompanied refugee youth who were mentored by 15 professional photographers to create personal photo stories about their views and experiences of London. The work was published by the award-winning Trolley Books as a collection of photo essays, ‘New Londoners: Reflections on Home’, with contributions from the broadcaster George Alagiah, the author Hari Kunzru and the curator Charlotte Cotton.
The participants, aged between 15 and 21, from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, used a variety of photographic styles and perspectives, from performative documentary to autobiography and portraiture, to tell diverse stories on the common experience of being young refugees, separated from their families, re-building their lives in London. Mentoring photographers included Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Jillian Edelstein, Jenny Matthews, Sarah Moon and Othello De’Souza-Hartley.
New Londoners was a partnership project between PhotoVoice and Project Dost that ran I initiated, designed and co-managed. It ran from 2006-2008 and was funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The City Parochial Foundation, The Jack Petchey Foundation.