The number of asylum seekers in Tel Aviv from Eritrea and South Sudan, combined with migrant workers from other countries (including Nigeria, Congo and other African countries, plus some Asian countries) totals some 40,000 – or nearly a tenth of the city’s total population.
The government has not been able to find solutions to the issue of the asylum seekers, and in the meantime is enacting regulations that make it very difficult for them to carry on here, spurring more and more of them to leave the country.
The aim of this portrait series is to show the people and their cultures, customs, beauty and diversity, as well as some of their problems and pain.
I mainly photograph in the street, taking portraits with the streets of south Tel Aviv as a backdrop, although some of these subjects were also shot in the studio.
I post the images on social media, in order to expose and present the refugees and migrants to an audience that is often hostile or afraid of them, and informed by prejudices. The response I always get is: “That’s here in Israel? How beautiful!”