This is an exceptional archive that is unveiled in an exhibition co-produced by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and the Rencontres d’Arles, where it is on display this summer. From the collections of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, these images reveal an huge heritage that has been little explored. From 1850 to the present day, structured in a thematic path (rallying support, showing people, bearing witness), the book brings together great names in photography and images taken by humanitarians.
The book presents photographs commented by major witnesses, photographers or actors in the field. These stories give keys to understand the codes of representation of humanitarian images and highlight what it shows and what it does not show. It is this critical perspective that Nathalie Herschdorfer and Pascal Hufschmid develop in their introduction, decrypting the links between humanitarian action and still images.
Looking at a century and a half of photographic archives gives the opportunity to learn how the photography reproduces, reinforces and reinvents humanitarian stories.
Nathalie Herschdorfer is curator and art historian. She is the director of Photo Elysée in Lausanne. Specialised in photography, she has published Le Dictionnaire de la photographie (La Martinière, 2015).
Graduated in art history, founder of the international prize for the support of photography Prix Elysée within Photo Elysée, Pascal Hufschmid is the Executive Director of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.
This book is a co-production between Textuel and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.
You can visit the exhibition “To Heal a World” at the Rencontres d’Arles until 25 September 2022, at Palais de l’Archevêché.
With the generous support of the Fondation Lombard Odier