Újezd 19, Praha 1 - Malá Strana

9. 10. – 22. 11. 2015 TESTIMONY – RON HAVIV

Testimony © Ron Haviv: Huepethaue, Peru, 25 July 2010; The city of Huepethaue and the effects of gold mining on the environmentTestimony © Ron Haviv: Vukovar, Croatia, 1991; Serbs celebrate their victory in the Croatian town of Vukovar
Testimony © Ron Haviv: Sarajevo, Bosnia, Yugoslavia, 1 September 1994; Bosnian soldiers smoke and take a break on the frontline next to a sign that says welcome to Sarajevo. Trench warfare was fought all around the city of SarajevoTestimony © Ron Haviv: Kabul, Afghanistan 17 November 2001; Burkas dry outside on a street in Kabul
Testimony © Ron Haviv: Abou Shouk, North Darfur, Sudan, 25 June 2005; Young girls leave an IDP camp to gather firewood for their families. For some the work will take over 7 hours and lead them past government checkpoints and leave them exposed to attacks.Testimony © Ron Haviv: Nanathan, Sri Lanka, September 2007; A displaced Muslim girl takes up a shelter at a destroyed mosque after fleeing a government offensive against the Tamil tigers in Nanathan
Testimony © Ron Haviv: Goma, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo, 4 February 2009; Ozias Kumbale Pimo, 11, from Kiwanja is told his parents are still alive.Testimony © Ron Haviv: Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 6 January 2009; A street where people are known to purchase and eat cakes made of mud and salt water.

RON HAVIV (b. 1965) is a shining star of contemporary photojournalism. He has a heart of great humanistic photographers and analytical ability of great documentarists. And it is this unique combination of feeling, empathy, rationality and a gift of seeing contextually, which gives his work an unprecedented impact. He focuses on on the fundamental aches of our world - violence, cruelty, greed, ruthlessness and natural disasters and their impact on people’s lives. His work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the international tribunal in The Hague. President George H. W. Bush admitted that Haviv’s photographs, capturing the violence of the paramilitary units in Panama, were one of the reasons for the American intervention in Latin America. In the last thirty years Ron Haviv has photographed and filmed in over one hundred countries and his work significantly affected not only public opinions but also court proceedings and political actions.

Ron Haviv has received a number of important awards, including an Emmy nomination. Together with the Czech-American photographer Antonin Kratochvil he’s a co-founder of the famous VII Photo agency, dedicated to documenting conflict and rising awareness about human rights issues around the globe. His first book Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, was called “One of the best non-fiction books of the year” by the Los Angeles Times. His other monographs are Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul and Haiti: 12 January 2010. They are spellbinding testimonies of lives of ordinary people in marginal situations.

Ron Haviv’s film work has appeared in TV programmes Need to Know and Frontline on the PBS channel, NBC Nightly News and ABC World News Tonight. He also makes short films for ESPN, People Magazine, Doctors Without Borders, Asia Society and American Photography. He is also known for his music videos. Ron Haviv is featured in several documentary films, including the remarkable Freelance in a World of Risk for National Geographic Explorer in which he speaks about the dangers of combat photography, including his numerous detentions and close calls.

Haviv’s photographs are in the collections of numerous museums and galleries, including the Louvre, the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, The Huston Museum of Fine Arts, George Eastman House in Rochester and numerous private collections.

Ron Haviv’s exhibition TESTIMONY takes place in Prague as part of his membership in the International jury of the 21st Czech Press Photo 2015

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