Read more about the Photography and Migration Project!


Scholarly publications:

Photography and Migration, a series of essays by Tanya Sheehan published on the Fotomuseum’s “Still Searching” blog, March-April 2017

The photographic medium has played an important role in the movement of people, objects, identities, and ideas across time and space, especially in the human crossing of geographical and cultural borders. Scholars have shown how cameras documented, enabled, or controlled such forced or voluntary movements, while photographers have attempted to put a face on immigration around the world, making visible its associations with transition, displacement, hardship, and opportunity. In this blog series, Tanya Sheehan reflects on the relationship between photography and migration in the twenty-first century by considering photographs in the global migration crisis as well as within her own local, community interventions. Framing her discussion are keywords in photography and migration studies: diaspora, refugee, (im)mobility, and border.


Tanya Sheehan, ed., Photography and Migration, forthcoming from Routledge. This edited volume features essays by international scholars on global photography and migration from the mid-twentieth century to the present.


In the news:

Photography and Migration Project Community Event SetMorning Sentinel, April 6, 2017

Colby College Student Showcases Antique Photos of Local FamiliesMorning Sentinel, March 4, 2017

Photography Conference a “Migration” to Mayflower Hill,, April 29, 2015

A History Project with Modern ConnectionsPortland Press Herald, April 25, 2015