In 2017, Cyrus and Sandra Nuoramo co-founded MIGRATE, a photobook and exhibition presenting new photography exploring global migration by eight international photographers: Alice Aedy • Cyrus Mahboubian • Ellie Kealey • Jack Harries • Tom Skipp • Rhiannon Adam • Vassilis Mathioudakis • Wolf James.
Recognising that living in London one is largely detached from the ongoing refugee crisis, despite its staggering scale, MIGRATE was conceived in the hope of engaging fellow Londoners to have a conversation about it. The only rule was that the participating photographers had to use instant analogue film, which was donated by film manufacturers the Impossible Project. Unlike digital images, instant photos are physical and develop in the moment, which makes the photographer’s interaction with the subject more personal, while their small scale requires viewers to stand close and engage with the content.
An exhibition took place at Omeara in London Bridge from 29 August to 2 September 2017, complemented by a panel discussion 'What's the point of photography and film in the refugee crisis?' on 31 August.
The book is available online with net proceeds benefitting Unicef's Children of Syria Emergency Appeal.
MIGRATE has received extensive press coverage:
- The Guardian: Moments in migration: Polaroids from the refugee crisis
- BBC London: Refugee picture exhibition to open in London
- Global Citizen: These Beautiful Polaroids Are Casting a New Light on the Refugee Crisis
- Monocle 24 radio: 'Sunday Brunch' podcast interview [from 4:05]
- Huck: Capturing the real faces of the global migration crisis: Polaroid portraits
- Blouin Artinfo: London photo exhibition explores human migration