People of the Jungle

A stone’s throw from the posh houses of Calais, there is The Jungle, a migrant encampment, where 4,500 migrants live in mud in temporary tents. They reside herebefore they attempt to enter the United Kingdom, only 33 km away over the Dover Narrows (Pas de Calais). The juxtaposition of the shanty town and developed world is stark.

Most of the refugees do not speak French and are attempting to enter the UK to seek work or meet friends and family, rather than claim asylum in France, Belgium or Germany. The migrants arriving in March 2016 are mostly young men of many nationalities.

The French government is now trying to close and tear down large parts of The Jungle, with police-presence and bulldozers, clearing the area. The migrants and refugees have nowhere to go.

Páll Stefánsson

Páll Stefansson

"My photography, a little bit like the wind, depends on which direction it’s blowing. Best of all, I like challenges, even small ones."

Based in Reykjavik, Iceland, Páll Stefánsson has been practicing photography for more than 35 years. His work appeared in many international publications, including TimeNational GeographicNewsweekGeoWSunday Times MagazineLeica Photography, and Observer Magazine, to name a few. 

Páll was awarded Photographer of the Year in Iceland, in February 2014, among numerous international and domestic photography awards. He joins Sony Global Imaging Ambassador as an Ambassador for Iceland.