Photographer and videographer looks at the refugee crisis in Western Europe

Refugee sisters — Photo taken by Gus Ford on Lesbos Island, Greece, 2015..

Refugee sisters — Photo taken by Gus Ford on Lesbos Island, Greece, 2015..

Redding-based freelance photographer and videographer, Gus Ford presents, Faces Behind the Headlines, Friday, March 18, from 7-9 p.m., at the Pequot Library. The program is free and open to all.

Faces Behind the Headlines offers a closer look at the refugee crisis in Western Europe. Gus Ford and Irina Patkanian offer their firsthand accounts of their experiences on Lesbos Island, Greece, a major entry point through which nearly one million people entered the European Union in 2015. Since the beginning of 2016, almost ten times the amount of people have entered Lesbos Island than at the same point last year. Ford and Patkanian hope to be able to put a human face on the crisis, offering video footage, audio clips, still photography, and discarded items from the shores. There will be an opportunity for a Q & A session with presenters after the presentation.

Gus Ford

Gus Ford

Gus Ford is a Redding-based freelance photographer and videographer. Ford’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The Royal Academy of Arts, Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, Leading Landscape Professionals, and others. As a videographer, Ford worked on the movie Mule Skinner Blues (The Sundance Channel) and several documentaries he shot in Russia, Mozambique, Cuba, Turkey, and Greece. Ford works extensively with In Parenthesis Media Arts Company (NYC), the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT), and is a Director of Photography for the 2014 Webby Award winning multimedia production company, Operation CMYK.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Irina Patkanian is an award-winning filmmaker, a Fulbright fellow, professor of film production at CUNY, and the president of In Parenthesis, a NYC-based nonprofit film and theater company. Patkanian is a recipient of grants from American Association of University Women, New York State Council of the Arts, Tow, Blaustein, Troy and Jerome Foundations. She is currently finishing a stop motion animation/documentary that she developed at MacDowell Artists’ Colony. Faces Behind the Headlines will be held in Pequot Library’s Auditorium.

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