Last week, Ron Haviv returned to Bosnia with an exhibition dedicated to prisoners of war. In an interview with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, Ron spoke about the exhibition, his work, and the impact of his images.
“Covering the Bosnian war from the outset, Haviv’s images established him as one of the greatest war photographers of his generation, his photographs of ethnic cleansing and murder carried out by Serbian paramilitaries in the eastern town of Bijeljina used as evidence before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, in The Hague.
‘They have had a life of their own,’ Haviv said of his Bosnia photographs. Referring to images of Serb prisoners of war being reunited with their families, Haviv said: ‘The anguish of the families’ faces when they are waiting for the arrival of who they hope will be on the vehicles is a universal feeling.’
‘They are not just only Serbs who can feel that or only Bosnians or only Croatians. They are human feelings that anybody would feel when they themselves or their family were taken prisoner.’”
Earlier this week, Nichole Sobecki was interviewed live from Victoria Falls for a segment of “Extraordinary Earth: 20 in 2020” on Good Morning America, a series presented in partnership with National Geographic.
The segment explored the profound environmental changes happening across the African continent — and the individual and collective responsibility to our shared planet.
This week, VII Photo Agency co-founders Christopher Morris and Ron Haviv spoke together for the first time about their images from the dissolution of the Former Yugoslavia. Moderated in conversation by War Photo Limited director Wade Goddard, the discussion touched on some of the most famous images of the various wars and the stories behind them.
“If you understand why you are there, what you are doing, it is an amazing responsibility to be there, to be the eyes of the world and to try to have an impact.” — Ron Haviv, Zagreb, Croatia, November 19, 2019
Read a review of this conversation on Balkaninsight.com.
From Kylie’s knickers and rabid paparazzi packs, to tourist rides over Hollywood by helicopter, Jocelyn Bain Hogg’s photography series “Idols and Believers” is a dissection of the cult of celebrity. Join Jocelyn and Russ O’Connell to discuss our unnatural obsession with fame and fandom in the 21st century on October 2 at Second Home Spitalfields in London.