On assignment for TIME, Christopher Morris photographed Michael Fowler, a coroner in Dougherty County, Ga., the county that currently has the most coronavirus-related deaths in the state. “We’re located about two and a half hours south of Atlanta, and my office used to average one death a day. But now, I’ve had to bring in another part-time person just to keep on top of our cases. The pandemic has turned the city upside down,” writes Fowler, 62. “More than 50 people have died. A majority of the dead are female, and a majority of the dead are African-American. The virus started spreading at a couple of funerals. Those individuals who attended the funerals went back into their neighborhoods, homes, and churches, and more people were infected. It hit like a bomb.”
In this piece by The New York Times, haunting images by VII’s Christopher Morris, Paul Lowe, Eric Bouvet, and others show how the first Chechen war humiliated post-Soviet Russia, exposed its weakness, strengthened hard-liners and enabled the rise of Vladimir V. Putin.
In Srebrenica in 1995, 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were killed by Serb Military and Paramilitary units under the direct command of the Government of Serbia led by Slobodan Milosevic in what the International Criminal Court labeled a genocide. After this war crime, Peter Handke, the recipient of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature, traveled through Serbia, writing a text subtitled “Justice for Serbia.” He later spoke at the funeral of Slobodan Milosevic, the former president of the Republic of Serbia who was tried for crimes against humanity in The Hague, but who died before a verdict was reached.
On December 10, the day Handke received the Nobel Prize, reporters and photographers who documented these crimes used the hashtag #bosniawarjournalists to testify to what happened during that war and its aftermath.
VII Photo Agency Director and Co-Founder, Gary Knight, posted this photograph of his friend Mevludin Oric. Mevludin survived a mass execution at Srebrenica by falling to the ground when the machine guns opened up and spent the night hiding under his cousin’s body. He relives that experience every day
Explore more photos and stories, including those by VII’s Ron Haviv, Paul Lowe, Christopher Morris, Sara Terry, and Ziyah Gafic here.
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.