On Board the Aquarius, 2017 December 15-19

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1.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
16.73 Gigabytes (3210 files (110 tiff, 3035 jpg, 46 png, 11 mp4, 3 pdf, 2 doc, 1 VLC, 1 txt, and 1 xls))
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This body of work comprises several thousand documentary images and supporting documents, data, videos, news stories, and interviews from the project "On Board the MV Aquarius, December 2017," by photojournalist Darrin Zammit Lupi, on assignment for the Reuters news agency. While on board the Aquarius, a migrant search and rescue ship operated by the non-profit organizations SOS Méditeranée and Médecins sans frontières, Zammit Lupi witnessed and documented the rescue of 320 migrants in the central Mediterranean, and their safe arrival in Pozzallo, Sicily.

Image formats include tiff files, digital contact sheets, jpeg image files, mp4 video files, and 20 color inkjet photographic prints measuring 20x24 inches. There are also screen shots of Reuters social media posts relating to this story that feature Zammit Lupi's images, logs, scripts, shot lists, demographic data summarizing the makeup of the migrants on board the rescue ship, and press releases in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, and other languages. Five videos in mp4 format document the MV Aquarius rescue and a transfer of refugees from another ship; three are interviews with an Italian rescuer and two migrants who describe conditions in detention centers in Libya and on board the escape boats; and one is a news report video narrated by Zammit Lupi. Also includes scans of a 17-page journal kept by Zammit Lupi while aboard the rescue ship. The tiff images are immediately available through links in this series.

All image titles, captions, and other descriptions have been transcribed from the originals.


Most of the files and prints are arranged according to the timeline of events as photographed by Zammit Lupi.

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20 photographic prints


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