Local portrait photographer Dean Whitbeck recently spoke at TEDxRVA about his collaboration with ReEstablish Richmond and The International Rescue Committee on his latest project, The Refugees. In his talk he connects his previous projects, which include portraiture of Holocaust survivors and inner city youth in San Francisco, to his current work with refugees. "Making the unseen seen," and "finding what connects us instead of what divides us" is the goal of all of his projects, which he accomplishes by revealing the complex, multi-faceted humanity of his subjects. Check out Whitbeck's website to see more of his work.

*Note - link starts where Whitbeck talks specifically about refugees and ReR, but you can scroll back to watch the whole 20 minute talk.