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Friday, 2 September 2011

Video: New photography show in London portrays gay Iraqi refugees in Syria

Via Gay Middle East

Recorded live on August 30, 2011 - Photographer Bradley Secker discussing his work on a series of images showing the lives of gay Iraqi men seeking refuge in Syria. First Out Cafe, London.

Bradley Secker, a U.K based photojournalist, spent two months living in Damascus, Syria in autumn 2010. He spent his time locating LGBT individuals that had fled Iraq in fear of being persecuted because of their sexuality. Gaining the trust of these individuals meant Bradley could see inside the closed diaspora of Iraqi LGBT refugees first hand.

His primary aim was to create a photo essay with written, first hand testimonies. Accompanying the images, a short documentary film has been made to further highlight the issue in another medium. Through photos and interviews, the individual accounts are posing questions as to how, and why, such acts of violence and brutality can be overlooked in a new 'free' Iraq."

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