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Ron Haviv

Ron Haviv

Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated and award-winning photojournalist, film director, and co-founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising about human rights issues around the globe.

Haviv has produced an unflinching record of the injustices of war and his photography has had singular impact. His work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade of conflict, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the international tribunal in The Hague. President George H.W. Bush cited Haviv’s chilling photographs documenting paramilitary violence in Panama as one of the reasons for the 1989 American intervention.

His first photography book, “Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal”, was called “One of the best nonfiction books of the year,” by The Los Angeles Times and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering,” by Newsweek. His other monographs are “Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul”, “Haiti: 12 January 2010” and “The Lost Rolls” described by The Washington Post as “ The magical photos recovered from over 200 lost rolls of film… An odd family photo album in which the kin are the people and places that have defined global politics and culture in the past quarter century.” As a result Haviv created the national public archive, “Lost Rolls America”, preserving memories and images from previously undeveloped rolls of exposed film from the American public.

Haviv co-created and managed multi-platform projects for Doctors Without Borders’ “DR Congo: The Forgotten War” and “Starved for Attention”, UNICEF’s “Child Alert for Darfur and Sri Lanka” and the International Committee of the Red Cross’s “World at War”.

Haviv is the central character in six documentary films, including National Geographic Explorer’s Freelance in a World of Risk. He has provided expert analysis and commentary on ABC News, BBC, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, NBC News, GMA and The Charlie Rose Show and written Op-Eds for The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Haviv is the co-founder and director of The VII Foundation. He is currently co-directing two documentary films, Biography of a Photo and Picasso of Harlem.

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Ron Haviv

The VII Foundation

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2018

The VII Foundation presents projects.

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Lost Rolls America

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2017

“Lost Rolls America” is a new and unique kind of Americana archive. In the age of image saturation, this archive slows the pace of our instantaneous digital world and commemorates the role that analog photos have played in all of our lives.

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MVP: The Millennium Villages Project

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2017

In 2015, the nations of the world agreed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and move humankind toward prosperity, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. Can United Nations goals actually make a difference? The evidence is powerful and encouraging.

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Ron Haviv

Oct 102021

The Value Of Our Photographic Heritage: Five Perspectives

Five leading photography professionals discuss photographic heritage with PhotoWings Founder Suzie Katz.

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Sep 232017

Voice and Vision: How To Shoot Your Truth

In this special workshop, photographer, documentarian, and co-founder of VII photo agency Ron Haviv offers insights and practical tools to develop a distinct voice and visual style.

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Sep 172017

LIVE at Photoville, powered by PechaKucha

Join us for a fast-paced presentation by a unique group of cross-disciplined artists as they reveal their sources of creativity.

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Sep 252016

Memory in the Time of Disposable Imagery

This panel with Haviv and professor/cultural critic Lauren Walsh explores the instability of memory in the age of instantaneous, disposable imagery. Platforms like Snapchat permit an ephemerality that shapes how we use pictures, making them more of an “in-the- moment” language than a record of our past. How will we remember our today in the future?

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Sep 202015

Conflict Reporting: Safety and Security in the Field

This panel of journalists and practitioners will explore the radically changing landscape of conflict reporting over the past decade, including how the press industry is assessing and responding to these increased threats against press freedom, digital security and the lives of journalists worldwide.

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