The Italian photographer Dario Mitidieri has photographed Syrian refugees in a moving photo series titled Lost Family Portraits.
The poignant series features Syrian refugee families who are based in a camp in Bakaa Valley, Lebanon. In the photos, the families can be seen standing against a black backdrop, with empty chairs and spaces between the family members to represent those that passed away during their journey leaving Syria, or those who were left behind. The series does an excellent job encapsulating the humanity of these individuals, who are often described in the media using numbers, statistics and coded and dehumanizing wording like "swarms."
The Lost Family Portraits series engages viewers and makes them think about the intense impact – both physically and mentally – that having to abandon one's home to avoid political and social conflict can have.