FINDING HOME: Refugees and Immigrants in Louisville

Photographs by Zed Saeed

Bernheim Gallery - Main Library AUGUST 2018

Zed Saeed

Zed Saeed is an art and documentary photographer who believes in the power of photography to create connections and alter perceptions about people, places, and things. Originally from Pakistan, Mr. Saeed came to the United States in 1983. Through his photographic projects, he aims to put the faces and words of Kentucky’s newcomers at the center of the conversation about refugees and immigration.

Since 2017, he has worked with recently settled refugees in Kentucky—first by volunteering at Catholic Charities-Migration and Refugee Services where he met people from Somalia, Syria, Cuba, and the Congo. Then he set up his large format camera, lights, and a massive white background in the parking lot of the Catholic Charities west Louisville campus. There he created a space for newcomers to talk about their lives and families and to reveal themselves to the camera. These 18 portraits of recently settled families and individuals represent a small slice of the stories told by our community’s newest neighbors.

Zed Saeed works with large-format film and digital cameras. He is a grant recipient for his photographic work from the Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project and the Kentucky Arts Council. His work has been featured in Louisville Magazine and many galleries. He is currently a Masters of Fine Art student at the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute.

You can see more of Zed’s work at the South Central Regional Library’s COLLIDER where he will be the artist-in-residence for the month of September. For more information on the COLLIDER, including free workshops, visit LFPL.org/COLLIDER. To see more of Zed Saeed’s photography, go to zedsaeedphoto.com.

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Last Updated: 8/15/18