Hotel Zaatari is an artistic initiative raising awareness and directing funds towards the Syrian refugees in the Zaatari refugee camp located on the Jordanian/Syrian border. Proceeds from Hotel Zaatari prints sales go to fund programs on the ground in Zaatari camp through our associated organisation Save the Children International, helping to provide the refugees with basic needs. In 2014 the photographic artists Anthony Dawton and Jim McFarlane, and the art house filmmakers Mais Salman and Zaid Baqaeen,
created moving and complex artworks including photography and film out of their time spent in the Zaatari camp. The result is a body of work built from the perceptions and point of view of the refugees who have fled and arrived at a place that both their bodies and their minds struggle to cope with. The conditions in the camp, and the refugees state of mind remains the same today. They need to be heard, seen and supported. The 40 limited edition Hotel Zaatari prints are for sale here.
Hotel Zaatari is a project of the El Sayed Foundation, in partnership with Anthony Dawton Photography Ltd and Q0DE, in collaboration with Save the Children International. The El Sayed Foundation brings its leadership and experience in supporting projects for disadvantaged children throughout the MENA region. Anthony Dawton Photography Ltd has a long and distinguished record in art photography in many of the most troubled regions in the world. Q0DE brings both a creative narrative to the project and deep knowledge of the art exhibition industry throughout the Middle East.
Anthony Dawton & Jim McFarlane spent time in the Zaatari refugee camp on the Jordan/Syrian border and photographed what they saw. From their time spent in the camp they produced a body of work built in collaboration with the refugees and their perceptions and feelings of being displaced and away from the homes they long to return to.
Anthony Dawton is an award winning commercial photographer, winning the Fuji Industrial Photographer of the Year, amongst others. His clients include Mercedes Benz, J Walter Thompson, Tetrapak, the BBC, British Gas and his work has been published in the British newspapers the Guardian and the Independent. Anthony was photographer in resident for the iconic arts magazine Funoon Arabia. His overseas clients include the Monte Carlo Opera House, the Louvre, the Museum of Iraq, the Abha Festival in Saudi Arabia and Xenal Industries, Saudi Arabia as well as the Government of Oman.
He was one of six photographers to be featured in Australian CCP exhibition that toured South East Asia for twelve months in 2010. Images from a UNICEF/Al Madad project in Niger were selected to exhibit at the 2009 Sony World Photographic Awards, in Cannes. Anthony Dawton has been a contributing photographer to the The Silent Witnesses book series Kashmir’s Children The Silent Witnesses of the Earthquake and Desert Faces, The Silent Witnesses of the Niger Drought. Photographs taken in Gaza in 2011, formed a part of the Children of Gaza Exhibition that is currently touring the Middle East and Europe.
Anthony lectures in London on photography and counts Lewis Hines, Eugene Smith, Michael Duane and Jim Goldberg as important influences on his work and approach to photography.
Jim McFarlane is an Australian based photographer who has worked commercially for over 25 years. His expertise covers a wide range of subjects including food, dance, people and annual reports. Jim’s food photography is seen on a vast range of food packaging and appeared in the Sunday Herald-Sun (Sydney) every week for 7 years. The Australian Ballet has uses Jim extensively for advertising and editorial work including overseas work in China and Japan. Jim has been awarded by The Melbourne Art Director’s Club and received the Oriental Fine Print award. Companies and organizations that have engaged Jim include BHP Billiton, Esso, Visa card, Heinz, Edgell, Nestle, McCormick Foods, Birds Eye, John West, The Australian Opera, Leggo’s, Mazda, Price Waterhouse and The National Bank. Jim’s work is also included in the collection of the Australian National Library. Images from a UNICEF/Al Madad project in Niger were selected to show at the 2009 Sony World Photographic Awards, in Cannes.
Photographs taken in Gaza in 2011, formed a part of the Children of Gaza Exhibition that is currently touring the Middle East and Europe.
Jim has taught art photography at Australia’s leading art college, Deakin University, Melbourne as well as the Victorian College of Arts. He lists his formative influences as: Lee Freidlander, Eugene Smith, Irving Penn, Pep Bonet and Bill Brandt.