With Others (2006-2008) Emmaus is a unique independent organization founded in France by Abbé Pierre in 1949. Emmaus tackles social exclusion through community living, communities ranging from houses for victims of human trafficking in Sarajevo, to an apple farm in Belgium. Emmaus does not offer charity, it calls on people to take charge of their lives and works to help fund the community on their ecological projects. It offers people a new start, a family, a bed and a reason to get out of it.
This series of photographs are a response to the intimate experience of living in and working alongside Emmaus community companions (residents) in Germany, Belgium, England, France, Holland, Italy, Sweden and Bosnia.
‘It is like having a jigsaw puzzle, taking all the pieces and finding the right way to put them together.’
Fred, Emmaus Langeweg Holland