Tomorrow Oxfam and legendary fashion and celebrity photographer Rankin launch an exhibition of images drawing attention to the plight of refugees living in Africa's war -torn Congo region.
In his own words Rankin has,' taken his celebrity portraiture style of photography and applied it to the survivors of the camps to get beyond the statistics and show the human side of the conflict'.
Not only does Rankin hope that this exhibition will draw attention to the plight of the Congalese people, who he reveals, 'have really awful stories. They have all seen their brothers and sisters, wives, husbands, daughters or sons killed in front of them, and you can see it in their eyes', but Oxfam hopes that Rankin's involvement will help raise much needed awareness and funds for their project to provide clean water in refugee camps and to lobby international governments to provide better protection for civilians in the region.
In what he says was a 'humbling' experience Rankin travelled to Congo with Oxfam to shoot these images and put on an impromptu exhibition of his own work at the Mugunga camp.
The exhibition opens tomorrow (21st October) outside the National Theatre in London, will run until 21st Decemebr, and is free.
By Laurelle Gilbert
Posted: 20th October 2008More