This week, AP staff photographer based in Greece Petros Giannakouris took over our Instagram feed with photos from Europe's migrant crisis. During Europe’s refugee crisis, more than a million people landed in this country, their first stop after reaching the continent. For many it was the last: Hundreds drowned while crossing from Turkey, and tens of thousands were trapped here by border closures. It’s a story filled with emotion and one of overwhelming scale.
Refugees haven’t crossed Europe in such numbers since World War II and many of the scenes we witnessed looked like they might have come from that era. Desperate and escaping war, families were packed into unsafe boats, slept rough, walked for endless miles, were crammed into rail carriages like cattle, and dealt with the indecision of a continent that opted to welcome them before scrambling to keep them out.
The European refugee crisis is a story that left few who covered it unaffected.
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Nat Castañeda is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. A California native, Castañeda works primarily in video and collage, with an emphasis on tactile intimacy with her materials remaining an important aspect of all her projects. Common issues in Castañeda’s work are the conflating of iconography and pornography, the questioning of traditional gender binaries, and the role of technology within personal narratives. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and has shown at venues such as El Museo del Barrio and Electronic Arts Intermix. In addition to her art practice, Castañeda currently works at The Associated Press where she leads a team that curates AP's online archive of historic and contemporary photojournalism. Castañeda’s photography has appeared in the New York Times,U.S. News & World Report and USA Today.