Since 2013, photojournalist Michael Bunel has been following in the footsteps of thousands of exiles fleeing wars and misery in search of a future and a better life. From the Middle East to the jungle of Calais, via the migratory routes of the Balkans to the sidewalks of Paris, his black and white images show the conditions of travel and hospitality reserved to these populations. Today, after 6 years of work and press publications, this reportage in 3 parts is the subject of a book, Exil, published by CDP Editions.
In the spring of 2013, while trying to join the front line of Aleppo, Michael Bunel is blocked on the Turkish-Syrian border. There, he crosses the road of Syrian civilians fleeing the fighting and discovers for the first time the reality of refugee camps in Syria.
At this point, he does not know yet that this will be the starting point of a job that will occupy him for the next 6 years. Gradually, following the migratory routes leading to Western Europe, he photographs and collects the stories of those who are forced to abandon everything behind them. The book is conceived as a journey from Syria to the sidewalks of the capital, he selected pictures from three reportages “At the end of your dreams” which traces the course of refugees on the migratory routes of Europe; “A year in the jungle” where he testifies to the daily life in the slum of Calais; “In the land of human rights” which draws up an inventory of conditions of reception of refugees in France.
Michael Bunel – Exil
CDP Editions – Collection des photographes
(Format 20×26 cm / 120 pages / 32 euros)