About the Book
The Guardian, Friday 18 July 2014
“At the three most popular sites for migrants to attempt a Channel crossing, Calais, Dunkirk and the Channel Tunnel, a total of 10,500 migrants were arrested in the first six months of 2014, compared with 5,133 for the same period in 2013.”
There were many reactions on the Internet, both positive and negative from aid organisations and migrants concerning the actions taken by the French authorities. But is there a solution that pleases everyone?
The answer is not easy; neither the problem. And, not for the ferry companies either. How do you create a safe and secure environment for legal travellers, like tourists? The migrants want to make the crossing to England too. How do you keep illegal ones outside the ferry departure areas?
The result in Dunkirk is a large fence, equipped with razor wire to make unauthorized access to the site impossible. It evokes mixed feelings inside this area, in between the car and caravan parking lanes. If on holiday, you have the choice to travel legally, while the migrants have little or maybe no choice to leave France. It is a huge problem for national and local governments, and of course for the migrants.
Armando Jongejan (1960, Egmond aan Zee - The Netherlands) studied photography at the University of Applied Photography in Apeldoorn and he works as a freelance photographer. His photographic interest is landscape and documentary/contemporary photography. He want to o create a coherent body of work rather than a single photo. Since 1989 Armando Jongejan have had several exhibitions in galleries and (photo)museums, fe: Hasselblad Image centre (1997) in Utrecht, OFF Photo Festival Naarden 2001, 2005 (group) and 2011 and 2019 (solo), Museum of Photography Amsterdam (FOAM) (2005), Dutch Museum of Photography, Rotterdam (2008 and 2018), the Photography Museum of China in Lishui (2010), Photo Gallery Fenton House in Bath - England (2012) and also in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Spain. Photos are published in magazines and books. Since 1996 Armando has published seven photo books and several Blurb books.