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John Wreford

John Wreford

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John Wreford

John Wreford

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I am a freelance photojournalist and itinerant story teller. A life alternative.

I have always been a photographer but in 2003 I quit my job in a professional darkroom, sold my house, gave my possessions to charity and headed to the Middle East.

The invasion of Iraq was underway and I began working on humanitarian projects with Iraqi refugees in Damascus, Syria. I made myself quite at home in the oldest city on earth, I bought an old house and began renovating it.

Then, well, then the war. I managed to survive a couple of years of it until being forced to leave, I gave the keys to the house to a Syrian refugee family and moved to Istanbul with little more than I had ten years previously.

My commercial work helps to fund my personal work, my focus is now is on telling stories, the human condition, its resilience and constant ability to surprise with humility and endurance.




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Carlos Garcia bought John Wreford a coffee.

Appreciate you

Thank you so much.  So very much appreciated :) 

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@TracyAbell bought John Wreford a coffee.

Cheers, John! I'm grateful for your gorgeous photography and words.

Tracy  Thank you :)  So nice of you x

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@quiltedpoetry bought John Wreford 3 coffees.

So lovely of you Elizabeth  Thank you :) 

My exhibition Syrians Unknown is still on display at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford should anyone be passing by; identitywithoutborders.web.ox.ac.uk/syrians-unknown
My life is fueled by coffee. In the unusual event of me having paid work it gives me the energy to go all day often being denied lunch or dinner. In the usual event of having worked and then waiting interminably for payment it gives me the energy to continue this bizarre way of life. More often than not my work consists of unpaid projects that inspire me, I live a life devoted to telling stories and a double shot of espresso makes all the difference.