Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe.
In the last three decades, Haviv has covered more than twenty five conflicts and worked in over one hundred countries. He has published three critically acclaimed collections of photography, and his work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries, including the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Haven’s photographs are in the collections at The Houston Museum of Fine Arts and George Eastman House, among others, as well as numerous private collections.
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 citied Haviv’s chilling photographs documenting paramilitary violence in Panama as one of the reasons for the 1989 American intervention.
His film work has appeared on PBS’s Need to Know and Frontline as well as NBC Nightly News and ABC World News Tonight. He has directed short films for ESPN, People Magazine, Doctors Without Borders, Asia Society, and American Photography.
His first book, Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, was called “One of the best non-fiction books of the year,” by The Los Angeles Times and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering,” by Newsweek. His two other monographs are Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul and Haiti: 12 January 2010.
Haviv has helped create 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.
November 1, 2013 – February 15, 2014
Testimony, Haviv’s first solo exhibition at Anastasia Photo, spanned 23 years and 18 countries, from Bosnia to Haiti to Libya. He has documented three genocides and over thirty conflicts worldwide. Through Haviv’s lens, we see come to life the dramatic moments, which define our shared history – revolutions won and lost, crimes of war, reunited families and victorious freedom fighters.
The exhibition covered Haviv’s legacy. These images remind us not only of the photographer’s role in documenting history but also in shaping it. “I believe and have dedicated my life to witnessing history in an attempt to create a body of evidence that holds people accountable,” said Ron Haviv.