Inside Light founders

Inside Light was created and founded by Sevilay Maria Van Dorst, Sebastian Gil Miranda and Oliver Zimmermann. Our pilot project started in Moria camp, the largest refugee camp on Lesvos an island in Greece. We have since run workshops in other camps on the island as well. But for us this is only the beginning of how Inside Light can reach children all over the world. 

 

Oliver Zimmermann - photographer and filmmaker

Oliver is a German-British independent filmmaker and photographer living on the island of Lesvos where the Inside Light project began. He is currently directing a feature length documentary called 'Island of Refuge' and his company Zed is the media partner for Integrate UK, a charity that is led by young people.

Oliver is a German-British independent filmmaker and photographer living on the island of Lesvos where the Inside Light project began. He is currently directing a feature length documentary called 'Island of Refuge' and his company Zed is the media partner for Integrate UK, a charity that is led by young people.

Sevilay Maria van Durst - photographer

Sevilay Maria van Dorst studied photography at the Royal Art Academy in the Hague, Holland. After her studies she discovered a passion and talent for old printing techniques, and since then she has been specialized in Collodion Wet Plate Photography.  Sevilay has been published in a number of Dutch magazines and made solo and several group exhibitions in the Netherlands. In the beginning of 2016 she started to volunteer on the island of Lesvos, Greece, and helped/worked with the refugee crisis for eight months.

Sevilay Maria van Dorst studied photography at the Royal Art Academy in the Hague, Holland. After her studies she discovered a passion and talent for old printing techniques, and since then she has been specialized in Collodion Wet Plate Photography. 

Sevilay has been published in a number of Dutch magazines and made solo and several group exhibitions in the Netherlands. In the beginning of 2016 she started to volunteer on the island of Lesvos, Greece, and helped/worked with the refugee crisis for eight months.

Sebastian Gil Miranda - photographer

Sebastian is a French-Argentine documentary photographer who focuses on humanitarian and social projects. He is the founder of Photographers for Change, a platform to link promote and facilitate the work of photographers engaged in social and humanitarian causes. Sebastian was awarded 1º prize at Sony World Photography Award 2015 in “Social Campaign” and "Performance Award" in the Humanity Photo Award 2015, co-organized by UNESCO. His work was published in major newspapers and magazines including National Geographic, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Vice News, Marie Claire, Le Nouvel Observateur, among others. He made solo and group exhibitions in countries all over the world including, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, France, England, Japan, China, Romania, Netherlands, United States.

Sebastian is a French-Argentine documentary photographer who focuses on humanitarian and social projects. He is the founder of Photographers for Change, a platform to link promote and facilitate the work of photographers engaged in social and humanitarian causes.

Sebastian was awarded 1º prize at Sony World Photography Award 2015 in “Social Campaign” and "Performance Award" in the Humanity Photo Award 2015, co-organized by UNESCO. His work was published in major newspapers and magazines including National Geographic, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Vice News, Marie Claire, Le Nouvel Observateur, among others. He made solo and group exhibitions in countries all over the world including, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, France, England, Japan, China, Romania, Netherlands, United States.

Amir Asadi - translator and volunteer

Amir arrived as a refugee from Iran in Greece in 2016. He was granted asylum in June. As a translator he has been a very big help in the Inside Light project. His love for the children is contagious. Translators fulfil a very important role in Inside Light. Good communication is essential for the educational side of the project but just as important is the translators' ability to empathise and form a good bond with the young people.

Amir arrived as a refugee from Iran in Greece in 2016. He was granted asylum in June. As a translator he has been a very big help in the Inside Light project. His love for the children is contagious. Translators fulfil a very important role in Inside Light. Good communication is essential for the educational side of the project but just as important is the translators' ability to empathise and form a good bond with the young people.

We would like to invite other professional photographers to join us in and share this project and opportunity to children all over the world. If you are a professional photographer and would like to get involved then please get in touch. We are creating a database of photographers who have a passion for this project. Once we have funding we will contact you with further details.