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In December 2015 I travelled to the Greek island of Kos and volunteered for one week helping refugees as they crossed the Aegean Sea from Turkey in small rubber boats.
This had such an impact on me that I returned very soon after and continued to follow the refugee trail through Greece to the Macedonian border and the famous refugee camp of Idomeni.
I began to take photographs of the people on my travels which very quickly and fortunately turned into a formidable passion and career. This has since taken me all over the world and allowed me to tell incredible stories of amazing people in their fight for life and their will and struggle to survive.
It is a privilege to be able to share the stories of such incredible people. Stories that better the lives of those who hear them and of people who otherwise may never have a voice.
Marcus on the City Wall of Tripoli, Lebanon and at the Roman ruins of Baalbek, Lebanon, 2016
Marcus Valance Images provides documentary, portrait, branding and commercial content images to the highest standard and is run by internationally published photographer, Marcus Valance.
Marcus was shortlisted for the 2021 British Photography Awards in the Documentary Photography Category.
Just before the world was turned upside down by Covid 19 Marcus had a very successful exhibition at the British Photography Awards which took place at The Savoy Hotel, London in February 2020.
Since then Marcus has spent time in Tanzania making content for World Mobile for whom he is Head of Photography and Community Fund Director. Marcus has also recently been on assignment for NBC News and has provided branding imagery and film for local companies and individuals.
“Your compositions are very strong and you shoot with a really warm and compassionate eye.”
– Lens Culture
“A truly talented and compassionate photographer with the ability to explain a humanitarian situation with a single image.”
– Nizar Dahan (International Project Co-ordinator – The Human Relief Foundation)
Marcus has been internationally published by NBC News, the BBC, Asiana International, Vogue UK, Aljazeera, Forbes Magazine, USA Today, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Property Week International, The Daily Mail, The Dutch News, Bhaskar (India) and Corriere Della Sera (Italy) amongst many others.
Marcus has had eight exhibitions and a paperback book published in Spain as well as exhibitions in Amsterdam, London and Milan. Marcus has also raised thousands of pounds for charity through the sale of his works.
Exhibition at Plek, Amsterdam, 2017
Marcus’ Exhibition at the British Photography Awards 2020
Marcus’ work was seen in 2018 on billboards throughout the UK…
…and is also UN Accredited:
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Marcus Valance Images is a registered company in The Netherlands
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