‘Our World at War: Photojournalism Beyond the Front Lines’ Opens June 5 at the Newseum
A new exhibit at the Newseum reveals the horror and the hope left behind in conflict’s wake. “Our World at War: Photojournalism Beyond the Front Lines” features 40 stirring photographs taken in eight countries by five award-winning photojournalists. The images reveal both despair and dignity, ranging from the loneliness of an elderly Philippine woman made homeless by war to the joy of two brothers reunited after being separated by fighting in the
The exhibit is presented by the Newseum and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which sent the VII Agency photographers —
Over the last five months, the five award-winning photojournalists traveled with the ICRC to several of the world’s most dangerous countries. Morris was sent to
“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 photojournalist Nachtwey. “With these images we’ve created a bridge of humanity so that [visitors] begin to identify with these people as human beings. When that happens, change is possible.”
The exhibit, located on the Newseum’s Concourse Level, is organized geographically, with a section devoted to each of the eight featured countries. Each section begins with a brief history of the conflict, noting particular challenges faced by those in the affected areas.
“Our World at War” is the second of three photojournalism exhibitions offered at the Newseum in 2009. “FOTOBAMA: Picturing the President” opened
About the “Our World at War” Photographers
Franco Pagetti has covered crises in many countries, including
This 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 Red Cross movement.
About the ICRC
The International Committee of the Red Cross is a neutral, independent humanitarian organization that protects and aids the civilian and military victims of conflict around the world.
Since its founding in 1863, the ICRC has provided food, water and medical assistance to civilians, visited prisoners of war and detainees, helped to reunite family members separated by conflict, spread understanding of humanitarian law and worked to ensure international humanitarian law is obeyed during conflicts.
The ICRC directs and coordinates the international relief activities conducted by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in situations of conflict.
About the Newseum
The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. Within its seven levels of galleries and theaters, the Newseum offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made.
The Newseum is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W.,
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