A Hungarian photographer has been criticized online after he did a fashion shoot inspired by the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.
Norbert Baska specialises in glamor and fashion photography; his website says he's produced spreads for Cosmopolitan, Elle, Playboy, and FHM magazines, to name a few.
But his latest shoot, named "Der Migrant", hasn't received much acclaim, with many criticizing him for glamorizing the refugee crisis.
Currently, millions of refugees are attempting to travel to western Europe after fleeing war torn areas of Syria and Iraq. Many of the refugees are currently stuck at border crossings in and around Hungary, as the government has built wire fences to prevent further movement.
In some of the photos, the models are seen wearing headscarves while baring skin, surrounded by barbed wire fences that signify the Hungarian border.
Other photos show models imitating refugees being dragged away from the border by police.
People on social media largely criticized Baska, saying he was exploiting the situation of refugees escaping war-torn Syria for better lives in Europe.
One person even compared Baksa to Derek Zoolander.
BuzzFeed News has reached out to Baksa for comment. On his Twitter account, the photographer said he was “trying to raise awareness” of the refugee crisis.
Hussein Kesvani is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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