After volunteering for 5 weeks in the Porte de la Chapelle camp in Northern Paris I decided to give out 15 disposable cameras to residents to allow them to document their own reality.

This came after watching numerous journalists visit the camp and take photos as if the people living there were some sort of distinct species, to be watched but not engaged with.

Of the 15 given out, 8 cameras were returned, the loses reflecting the instability of the participants’ lives. The developed photos offer a rare insight into the lives of people homogenised by the media and are a moving portrait of camaraderie and resilience in the face of difficult circumstances.

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Some photographers experimented with focus to create powerful expressions of life as an outsider