Lens Young


Across Syria, unofficial groups of citizen-photographers have been risking their lives in order to document their country’s destruction and post their findings via various social media platforms. Collectively, they join under the banner of Lens Young, followed by the name of their city or the names of those living there.  They use whatever photographic equipment is available, from mobile phones to DSLR cameras, and both amateur and professional photographers are taking to the streets to capture the horror of war alongside the everyday. Many of the images from these groups show the frustration and anger of citizens under an oppressive state, as well as revealing an emerging grassroots civil society where flyers warn people to avoid areas of violence and shelling. Lens Young photographers have also answered requests from families asking to record the level of damage to neighbourhoods and properties when forced to flee. Their images become documents and testimony to the repression of the state.

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