David Waage Photography
About David Waage Photography:
David Waage is from Fergus Falls Minnesota, and was educated at Fergus Falls Community College and California Lutheran University, where he studied photography under James Hugunin, who later taught at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Waage obtained a Master’s Degree at The London Business School. In 2000 Waage founded a photography studio with Carlmike Lagasca. Working together and individually, his photographs were exhibited in shows at The Museum of Modern Art for the “Life of the City” exhibit in 2001.
Waage’s photos were also exhibited in shows in Minnesota – “Cuba Waits” at Wesley A. Waage Fine Arts Center -- in Los Angeles at the Kwan Fong Gallery at California Lutheran University, and “Glimpses of India” at Gallery 49 in New York.
His editorial photography has appeared in 100+ pages in international publications based in Berlin, Amsterdam, and Tokyo. In 2008 Waage traveled to Beirut, Lebanon and later to Syria, before the start of the war. He returned to Beirut many times over the next ten+ years as he worked on the “Syrian Refuge” series.
About Syrian Refuge:
The war in Syria has driven millions of refugees abroad, and more than 1 million have taken shelter in Lebanon.
Lebanon has provided life-saving sanctuary for these refugees, but the Syrians exist in a constant state of risk, many without official documentation or legal ability to work and care for their families. Many have lost homes, livelihoods, and family members in the conflict.
I began meeting these Syrian refugees a few years after the war started. Even as they endured unspeakable loss, they found a place in Beirut, along the sea, where they could relax, unwind, and be free, if even for a few hours. I began to photograph these moments of refuge in their lives.
Mazen, one of these Syrians, expresses it this way: “I find a lot of my countrymen on the corniche of the sea and all the time I find Syrian people there. I enjoy seeing them and I also enjoy seeing the sea a lot, it brings me calm, comfort and hope for a more beautiful day.”
Syrian Refuge is dedicated with gratitude to the people of Lebanon and Syria.