Those who pass: Photography exhibition highlights migration in Panama

To commemorate the Photography Month, the Alliance Française of Panama and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, present the photographic exhibition "Los que pasan" (Those who pass), by photographer Tito Herrera. This exhibition is possible thanks to the support of the French Embassy in Panama, the Mayor's Office of Panama, the International Organization for Migration (IOM-UN Migration), Agence France Presse (AFP) and Fotoseptiembre.

The exhibition will open on September 21 in the main hall of the Alliance Française of Panama at 7:00 p.m. and will remain available until November 9, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturdays until 12:00 p.m. Admission is free.


About "Los que pasan"

For decades, the issue of migration has interested photographer Tito Herrera, giving him the opportunity to work with refugees and migrants throughout the Americas; especially in Central America.

"The jungle surprises many, detains many, keeps them. Los que pasan presents a look at those refugees and migrants who make the crossing from Colombia to Panama, called by many "the worst part of the journey." Small indigenous communities, previously forgotten, and newly created shelters become a resting point for thousands of refugees and migrants," says Tito Herrera.

Their stories are endless, but not very different; their faces are very different, but their hopes are very similar. Darien is a meeting point for refugees and migrants who are tired, sore and hopeful, overwhelmed, but at the same time motivated. Those, these, passed. Before them were many others, after more will come. Those who pass still do not finish passing, " he added.

With the exhibition "Los que pasan", the photographer intends to take a deep look at his own border, through his passage through the Darién. Under the curatorship of Alegre Soporta, the exhibition consists of 28 photos.


Sobre Tito Herrera

Born in Panama, he specializes in documentary photography and video, travel and editorial photography. His work has been requested and presented by international organizations and publications such as The New York Times, Discovery Channel, United Nations, TIME Magazine and National Geographic, among many others. Currently, his work is represented by the agency Getty Images, based in New York City and he performs constant international assignments. His base and studio are located in Panama City.


Public programme

As part of the public programme, the Alliance Française will offer free guided tours for adults in French and Spanish, a discussion on photo reportage, a discussion on forced displacement and migration and a photography workshop for teenagers.



• September 21: 7:00 p.m. - Inauguration of the exhibition "Los que pasan", main hall. In addition, in an alternative room, you can visit the exhibition "Visual Cycles", by the photographer Marisabel Medina.

• September 23: 2:00 p.m. - Discussion - The photo report with Luis Acosta: AFP Chief of Photography for Central America, Ramón Lepage: photographer, Tito Herrera: photographer and Alegre Saporta: curator.

• October 10: 6:00 p.m. - Guided tour in Spanish / 7:00 p.m.: guided tour in French.

• October 19: 6:00 p.m. - Guided tour in Spanish / 7:00 p.m.: guided tour in French.

• October 26: 7:00 p.m. – Discussion on forced displacement and migration in Panama. Spokespeople: Margarida Loureiro: Deputy Representative of the UNHCR Multi Country Office in Panama, Ahmed Abdi: IOM Emergency Coordinator in Panama, Tito Herrera: photographer.

• October 28: 10:00 a.m. - Photography workshop for teenagers: Introduction to artistic photography. Facilitated by photographer Marisabel Medina.