Renowned Photojournalist Ron Haviv to Speak

News Story: December 21, 2007

The Department of Media Studies and Digital Culture is partnering with the Vision Project and the Nikon Spirit Initiative to host a presentation by award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv on Monday, November 26 at 1:30 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium (located on the lower level of the Ryan-Matura Library).

Haviv has produced some of the most important images of conflicts and other humanitarian crises that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the Cold War. With a special focus on exposing human rights violations, he has covered conflict and humanitarian crises in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the Balkans. His photographs have been used to move individuals, politicians and people in power to take action in humanitarian and ethnic crisis. He spent 10 years covering the conflict in the Balkans, which earned him a death threat. The photographs he took there were subsequently used as evidence in the U.N. War crimes tribunal. Most recently, he has documented wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Haviv has spoken about his work on The Charlie Rose Show, NPR, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, MSNBC and The Best Damn Sports Show Ever. His often-searing photographs have earned him some of the highest accolades in photography, including awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and the Leica Medal of Excellence. He regularly lectures at universities and seminars, and numerous museums and galleries have featured his work, including the United Nations, The Louvre and The Council on Foreign Relations.

In addition to his books Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul, and Forgotten War: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haviv has been the central character in three films. National Geographic Explorer's, Freelance in a World of Risk explores the hazards inherent in combat photography. The Serbian-made documentary Vivisect explores Serbian reaction to Haviv's Blood and Honey exhibit. Eyes of the World, which has exhibited in film festivals worldwide, examines Haviv as a witness to war.

In 2001, Haviv co-founded VII, a collectively-owned agency designed from the outset to be an efficient, technologically enabled distribution hub for some of the world's finest photojournalism. VII has been responsible for creating and relaying to the world many of the images that define the turbulent opening years of the 21st century.

For more information about Haviv, VII, and the Vision Project, please see the following links: