April 27, 2022: Beacon - The Power of Faces

Updated: May 9


Wednesday, April 27, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Documentary photographers and humanitarian advocates Theresa Menders and Daniel Farber Huang will discuss the Ukrainian refugee crisis and present their recent photographs taken at the Poland/Ukraine border.

The wife and husband photo team have been reporting on the plight of displaced people since 2016 global refugee crisis. Menders and Huang have worked in refugee camps across Greece as well as in Turkey, Bangladesh, and Mexico. They are the co-founders of "The Power of Faces," a global portrait project that seeks to humanize the refugee crisis and raise awareness of displaced populations.

More about The Power of Faces

How do you address the Global Refugee Crisis? Start one face at a time.

The United Nations calls the Global Refugee Crisis the “greatest humanitarian crisis of our time”. Over 70 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict or persecution. That’s 1 person every two seconds.

Every. Two. Seconds.

The Power of Faces portrait project intentionally crops out the context of refugee camps to focus on individuals, and not merely their label as “refugees”.

Most displaced people lost their treasured family photos (and many other possessions) when they fled their homes. Having a physical photo of family or friends to hold in one’s hands can be a great comfort in times of need, so the project brings photo printers into refugee camps. To date, they have distributed thousands of portraits for individuals to keep.

The intention is to bring this portrait project to other refugee camps around the world and continue giving proper portraits to displaced individuals.