Marcus is a British photographer living in Utrecht, The Netherlands. He began taking photographs when he was volunteering on the Greek island of Kos in December 2015 helping refugees as they disembarked from small rubber boats after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey, cold, wet, tired and in desperate need of sanctuary. Marcus’ first experience of the refugee crisis was a massive turning point and so life changing for him that he continued to volunteer for the next few months in Kos before the European borders were all closed.
At that point thousands of Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan refugees were stuck in make shift camps on the Greek borders and so he made the trip by road from Athens to Idomeni on the Greek/Macedonian border stopping at twenty or so camps delivering aid on his way.
Here, amongst the expectation of hopelessness and desperation Marcus saw the resilience and positivity that the people had and how they had adapted to make the best of an incredibly terrible situation.
It was at the end of February 2016, a few days after his last return from Kos, that he was asked by Property Week International to photograph a story on The Jungle refugee camp in Calais, France. This was his first professional job having only bought a semi professional camera in January of that year and resulted in his photos being used for the front cover and 5 page centre spread.
After leaving Northern Greece at the beginning of May 2016 Marcus approached Barcroft Media, a content agency working with the likes of The Telegraph, The Guardian and the New York Times, who took him on as a contributing photographer. Soon after, he had 27 photos published as an editorial in The Daily Mail with the headline, “Photographer captures the smiles of the migrants”.
Since then he has covered a number of different stories and been published in The Telegraph, The Guardian, Bhaskar (India) and Courier della Sera (Italy) amongst other international publications.
In September Marcus had his second cover story published in Property Week International and in October 2016 completed a month volunteering and documenting his time near the Syrian border in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon working with the 500,000 Syrian refugees who have fled the civil war.
Marcus has had several exhibitions and a paperback book published in Spain entitled ‘The Children of Idomeni’, an exhibition in Milan, Italy and more recently in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, entitled ‘My Friend, My Friend’, a phrase that he heard countless times while in the refugee camps of Greece.
Marcus is also on the board of trustees for Salam UK, a charity aiding refugees and local people throughout Lebanon.