06 Wednesday 06th April 2016
You might've heard in the news recently how asylum seekers in the UK are given coloured wristbands - apparently to access available services, but really to mark them out - and specially painted residence doors. Alongside this, they are banned from taking on work and often physically isolated from the local population. This accumulates into an ambiguous situation for people that've perhaps fled warzones or ethnic, sexual or religious persecution, but are unable to even begin new lives until they're either accepted or rejected by the authorities.
Photographer Sam Ivin has created Lingering Ghosts, a photobook which collects portraits of asylum seekers that spans nations, gender, age, race and religion. It is styled as a passport, with a UN declaration and even Ivin's own details. Their scratched visages represented each person's fragmented identity in their uncertain predicament.
Living Ghosts is available to purchase here.
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