Through our eyes

“Take photos of everything that has meaning to you, tell me your life on this island, let me see what your eyes see every day when you go out of Mazí and when the desperate daily life in the refugee camp is awaiting you”

Through Our Eyes was born from a request and 39 disposable and color Kodak cameras. The project involved the students of the Photography workshop in Mazí, which ran from December 2018 to August 2019. The photos taken by the young photographers, all minor refugees from the Samos Hotspot, are an essential testimony of the horror that is perpetuated in the refugee camp on the Greek island. It is a collection of firstperson accounts, a clear, disarming and shocking report realized by young adolescents who have been denied a childhood.

Since launching, Through Our Eyes has reached 36 cities in Europe and the US, welcoming thousands of visitors. To ensure that these photos continue travelling despite the pandemic, we created an online exhibition, thanks to the Gettysburg College support.


In these photos there is a lot of desperation, but also hope for a better future

Through Our Eyes shows us what it means to endure the horror, to be able to see beauty, to appreciate the sea, to survive through friendship, family and emotional bonds. It shows the hope they have to find a better Europe rather than the memories of the countries they had to abandon.

Photography is an important part of the Still I Rise education project. Students learn how to use a photo camera and also how to use photography to communicate with other people. For this reason we organized a fundraising campaign to fund a Photography Lab in Beraber, our school in Gaziantep in the south of Turkey.


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