Seeking Refuge: Images of those Displaced by War, Poverty and Persecution

The situation of refugees has been a much debated topic in recent years, both within the United States and internationally. As a city with a strong history of diversity among its inhabitants, Paterson and its citizens have an opportunity to partake in the discussion. Therefore, the Museum is happy to introduce our newest exhibition, Seeking Refuge, the photo essays of Thomas E. Franklin.

Thomas E. Franklin is an award-winning photographer, multimedia journalist, documentary filmmaker, and educator, with over 30-years of experience in the news industry.  Over the past five years, he has explored a wide variety of subjects related to immigration and human migration. This exhibit consists of seven photo essays that depict the experiences of many who are currently displaced and sheds light on the highly complex circumstances surrounding global migration.

Originally planned to debut at the Museum in May 2020, the physical exhibition was postponed due to the museum’s COVID-19 closure. However, greatly due to the efforts of the Franklin himself, the museum is able to provide its patrons with a virtual representation of the exhibition, right in their own homes.

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Be sure to let us know what you think about the exhibition in the comments section below.

  • Tom Struble
    Posted at 23:32h, 02 August Reply

    Beautiful presentation of photos and essays. Im so happy that I was able to ee in online, I probably would’ve missed it in person. Thank you !

  • Thomas E. Franklin
    Posted at 14:10h, 03 August Reply

    Thx Tom, appreciate the feedback. Stay safe.
    -Tom Franklin

  • kathy dasilva
    Posted at 15:08h, 03 August Reply

    These are gorgeous photos, Tom. Amazing work.

    • Tom Franklin
      Posted at 14:20h, 07 August Reply

      Thank you Kathy for your kind words and support.

  • Steve McCarthy
    Posted at 15:31h, 03 August Reply

    Nice! This is important reporting. Great job Tom!

    • Tom Franklin
      Posted at 14:19h, 07 August Reply

      Thank you Steve for your kind words and support. And inspiration.

  • Lisa Dalie
    Posted at 16:15h, 03 August Reply

    Virtual exhibition is terrific. Being the daughter of a refugee who was part of the great migration following WWII, it really strikes a chord in me. These images and these stories matter..

    • Tom Franklin
      Posted at 14:19h, 07 August Reply

      Thank you Lisa for your kind words and support.

  • bill bayer
    Posted at 17:57h, 03 August Reply

    Jezzzz Tom you have been a busy photojournalist! Great work passion and drive come thru and it”s a story that will continue, we are truly a country of immigrants , I think a lot of folks forget that. Keep up the great work hope to see this work on the walls at the Paterson Museum sometime in the future hopefully near future.

    Bill Bayer

    • Tom Franklin
      Posted at 14:18h, 07 August Reply

      Thank you, Bill (one of my favorite photo editors from way back in the day..) for your kind words and support.

  • Dorothy Duffy
    Posted at 17:59h, 03 August Reply

    Tom, you (not just your camera) captured the sights and your captions were ideal for the feelings. We are fortunate to have your eyes sharing such views we wouldn’t see. I also enjoyed seeing Corey Booker in the thick of things. He’s doing an excellent job suporting diversity. I was fortunate to work with our refugees from Uzbekistan, Bosnia, Bhutan, Africa and other countries. We are not different. How rewarding this exhibit must be when you are doing something you love doing.

    • Tom Franklin
      Posted at 14:17h, 07 August Reply

      Thank you Dorothy kind words and support.

  • Leslie Barbaro
    Posted at 15:33h, 04 August Reply

    This is a really impressive body of work. The reporting is compelling and the images are captivating. Your dedication to such and important issue is inspiring.

  • Mike Peters
    Posted at 16:43h, 19 August Reply

    Amazing photographs of a very important subject in our society today, and always. Thank you Tom for making visible and bearing witness to these incredibly brave people who only want a better life and who are willing risk life and limb for the rights and privileges that we take for granted..

    • Tom Franklin
      Posted at 20:16h, 20 August Reply

      Thx Mike, I appreciate the kind words and your support.

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