Jim Campbell with over 20 years experience as a professional photographer and in the last 6 years he has been travelling to conflict areas such as Palestine, Israel, Donetsk in the Ukraine, Russia, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. In 2013 his exhibition ‘Divided’ which documented his work in Israel / Palestine attracted hundreds of people to the official opening in his hometown Wexford in the south-east of Ireland. His latest work ‘Journey into the Unknown’ equally attracted huge crowds around Ireland.
Jim spent over three months in Syria and Iraq, documenting the lives of ordinary people caught up in a war zone. He was one of the few Irish photographers to make it inside the city of Aleppo, Syria where he spent 5 weeks under the umbrella of French NGO SOS Chrietiens d’Orient. Others towns in Syria where he visited were Homs, Damascus and Maaloula. While in Iraq he visited a refugee camp in Baghdad which housed 1,300 families. he also gained access to restricted areas in Northern Iraq. ‘Journey into the Unknown’ documents real stories from real people living in a conflict area.