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Immigrants sit in their dormitory at the Safi barracks detention centre for immigrants that currently holds around 600 detainees in Safi, outside Valletta, July 19, 2013. Migrants who land in Malta face mandatory detention that can last for 18 months but figures show nearly half are allowed out sooner, following the granting of refugee status or humanitarian protection, according to official sources.  Malta will be given concrete assistance by the European Commission to return failed asylum seekers to their country of origin, the government has announced.

Asylum seekers sit in their dormitory at the Safi barracks detention centre on July 13, 2013.   Migrants who land in Malta face mandatory detention that can last for 18 months but figures show nearly half are allowed out sooner, following the granting of refugee status or humanitarian protection, according to official sources. Malta will be given concrete assistance by the European Commission to return failed asylum seekers to their country of origin, the government announced.

 

I find that visiting the detention centres with a large number of other journalists, cameramen and photographers doesn’t quite work for me, and I have some personal issues with it. The first time it happened, several years ago, it felt like a school trip to the zoo – we weren’t allowed to mingle with the migrants and could only interact and shoot through the fences.

Things were better this time round, but the large media presence meant the whole thing lacked those genuine moments I’d normally be trying to capture with my camera. If you pulled further back a bit from this image, powerful though it is, you’d see a mass of photographers all trying to shoot the same thing. I much prefer being there on my own or with one other colleague at most. That’s the only way to come close to documenting reality.

Canon EOS-1D X
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Focal length 21mm
Manual exposure
f/8
1/50 sec
ISO 800

 

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