War Photos: Much more than war photography

warCan civilian victims of armed conflicts be portrayed in a dignified manner? Swiss photographer Jean Mohr´s view through the camera lens takes the onlooker beyond the actual picture right into people´s lives, their past and future. His pictures are remarkable for their great sensitivity and respect for the dignity of individuals. The exhibit War from the Victims´ Perspective featuring Mohr´s photos will be in Washington, D.C., until February 2, 2015.

Switzerland, a State party to and the depositary of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, has made promoting international humanitarian law and protecting victims of armed conflicts one of the pillars of its foreign policy.

War Photos Photo On the 150th anniversary of the founding of the International Committee of the Red Cross and of the First Geneva Convention, Switzerland has made the decision to intensify its activities by broadly reflecting on and confronting the current challenges facing humanitarian relief worldwide and to reaffirm its strong commitment to improving compliance with international humanitarian law.


Mozambican Refugee at Sunday mass, Lundo installation area, Tazania 1968. ©UNCHR Jean Mohr

Through the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and in association with the Musée de l´Elysée, which organized the traveling exhibition of Jean Mohr´s photographs, Switzerland is publicly and internationally reasserting its commitment to the cause of victims of armed conflicts.

Opening Remarks by H.E. Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States of America at the occasion of the opening of the exhibition at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, November 20, 2014.

In the Media
The Washington Post published an article about the exhibition, based on an interview with Ambassador Martin Dahinden. Read article by Celia Wren.

The exhibition is currently on show at the Carter Library in Atlanta, GA.
For museum hours visit www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov

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