May 22, 2009

'Our World at War' Exhibit Opens June 5 at the Newseum

Eleven-year-old Ozias waits at a temporary resting place in the conflict-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, wondering whether his parents are still alive. (Ron Haviv/ICRC/VII)
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Eleven-year-old Ozias waits at a temporary resting place in the conflict-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, wondering whether his parents are still alive. (Ron Haviv/ICRC/VII)

Young men in Liberia, most of them victims of the country's long civil war, play on a soccer team for amputees. (Christopher Morris/ICRC/VII)
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Young men in Liberia, most of them victims of the country's long civil war, play on a soccer team for amputees. (Christopher Morris/ICRC/VII)

In the southern Philippines, a young child plays in front of his family's temporary home in an evacuation center. (James Nachtwey/ICRC/VII)
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In the southern Philippines, a young child plays in front of his family's temporary home in an evacuation center. (James Nachtwey/ICRC/VII)
Teams of Georgian villagers help unload provisions provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross. (Antonin Kratochvil/ICRC/VII)
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Teams of Georgian villagers help unload provisions provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross. (Antonin Kratochvil/ICRC/VII)

WASHINGTON — A new exhibit featuring the work of five award-winning photojournalists in eight war-torn and ravaged countries will be on display at the Newseum June 5 through Sept. 7, 2009.

"Our World at War: Photojournalism Beyond the Front Lines," includes 40 photos taken in Afghanistan, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia and the Philippines. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) sent the photographers to those countries to document how war and armed violence have affected people’s lives.

The photographers whose work is exhibited are:

  • Ron Haviv, who has used his photography to expose human rights violations in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and the Balkans. He has documented wars in Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has published two acclaimed books of photos: "Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal" and "Afghanistan: One the Road to Kabul."
  • Antonin Kratochvil, whose perspective as a former child refugee in his native Czechoslovakia is reflected in his images. He has photographed street children in Mongolia, covered the war in Iraq and produced a photo study of clashes between the Department of Homeland Security and American civil liberties in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • Christopher Morris, who has spent much of the past 20 years focused on war, having documented more than 18 foreign conflicts, including the U.S. invasions of Panama and Iraq, the Persian Gulf War, the drug war in Colombia and the wars in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Somalia and Yugoslavia. Most recently, he documented the presidency of George W. Bush for Time magazine.
  • James Nachtwey, who has documented wars, conflicts and critical social issues since his first foreign assignment covering civil strife in Northern Ireland in 1981. Since then, Nachtwey has covered war and upheaval in Afghanistan, Bosnia, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, the Philippines, Rwanda, Somalia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand and the United States.
  • Franco Pagetti, who is drawn to the way conflict shows society and people at their best and worst. He has covered crises in Afghanistan, Kosovo, East Timor, Kashmir, Palestine, Sierra Leone and South Sudan. He began covering the conflict in Iraq in January 2003, three months before the war began. Since then, he has been based primarily in Baghdad, mainly on assignment for Time magazine.

"Whatever else one might see or feel when looking at a picture of human suffering — outrage, sadness, disbelief — what I think is essential to take away from such an image is a sense of compassion," said Nachtwey, who traveled to Afghanistan and the Philippines for the project.

The exhibit, created by the ICRC and VII Photo Agency, is part of a global campaign to raise awareness of humanitarian challenges and to mark the 150th anniversary of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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