UN, Humanitarian photography

HEALTH, EDUCATION, SOCIAL CHANGE DRIVEN BY PHOTOGRAPHY

Our mission is simple – to make or sell beautiful images to your entity of the people and places in our world, with the profits going back into education, health and social projects in the countries of origin.

Contact us for a specified offer, our long experience have allowed us to “go beyond borders” and understand how to handle sensitive issues in numerous countries.
 
During the last decade we have addressed critical social and environmental issues by providing the know-how and the methodologies needed to work together with various entities, such as UN, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) departments of multinationals, and government.

We strive for to create images that drive social change around the world.We believe that the profit and nonprofit organizations working to drive social change will see more effective results in telling their stories with the use of high quality photography.
 
We also believe in the profound and transformative power of visual imagery to provoke, question, and inspire action.
 
Our images are tools by which we facilitate collaboration between multistakeholders, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of vulnerable individuals, families, and communities.
 
Our pictures should serve as a catalyst for opening minds, altering entrenched behaviors, and engaging viewers in dialogue and action around critical social and environmental issues.
 
Working with UN actorsWe support the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
“Eradicating extreme poverty continues to be one of the main challenges of our time, and is a major concern of the international community.Ending this scourge will require the combined efforts of all, governments, civil society organizations and the private sector, in the context of a stronger and more effective global partnership for development.

The Millennium Development Goals set time bound targets, by which progress in reducing income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter and exclusion — while promoting gender equality, health, education and environmental sustainability — can be measured.

They also embody basic human rights — the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter and security. The Goals are ambitious but feasible and, together with the comprehensive United Nations development agenda, set the course for the world’s efforts to alleviate extreme poverty by 2015. ”

United Nations Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon

Major UN Partners on MDGs

  • UNDP – United Nations Development Program
    Millennium Campaign
  • UNDESA – UN Department of Economic & Social Affairs
  • World Bank
  • UNICEF – UN Children’s Fund
  • UNEP http://www.unep.org/ – UN Environment Program
  • UNFPA – UN Population Fund
  • WHO – World Health Organization
  • IMF – International Monetary Fund
  • UN-HABITAT – UN Human Settlements Program
  • FAO http://www.fao.org/index_en.htm – Food & Agriculture Organization
  • IFAD – International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • ILO – International Labor Organization
  • ITU – International Telecommunications Union
  • UNAIDS – Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS
  • UNCTAD – UN Conference on Trade and Development
  • UNDG – UN Development Group
  • UNESCO – UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • UNHCR – UN Refugee Agency
  • UNIDO – UN Industrial Development Organization
  • UN Women – UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • OHCHR – Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • WFP – World Food Program
  • WMO – World Meteorological Organization
  • WTO - World Trade Organization
  • UNWTO – World Tourism Organization
  • UNOSDP – UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace

WHO We have been covering health issues for the World Health Organization such as:

  • reproductive health,
  • fistula vaccination,
  • road safety,
  • HIV/AIDS,
  • polio,
  • malaria,
  • tuberculosis – DOTS,
  • leprosy,
  • various tropical diseases such as buruli ulcer,
  • elephantiasis or Guinea worms,
  • blood safety,
  • food safety,
  • road safety,
  • water issues,
  • tobacco,
  • air pollution,
  • habitat,
  • mental health,
  • disabilities,
  • traditional medicine – Tai Chi,
  • pharmaceutical and medical research in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Ethiopia, India and China.

UNAIDS We have also undertaken specialized work on HIV/AIDS issues for UNAIDS, creating a photographic methodology in various countries in the Middles East from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel-Palestine, Iran through Pakistan, and in Western Africa from Senegal, Mali, and Ghana up to Djibouti.

ITU Another UN actor we work for is the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), for whom we covered communication issues in Colombia and Qatar.

At Geneva, we covered assignments for most of the UN system, from the IOM to WMO as well as UNDP, UNCTAD and the WTO.

We are constantly inspired by the profound fortitude of people living in difficult conditions and the empathy and commitment of the many who give counsel and aid to those less fortunate.
We believe it is our moral obligation to use whatever talents we have as photographers to transcend our limited worldviews and to help bridge the gap between cultures of affluence and poverty.

Photography is a universal language and it is our hope that our images will move viewers to respond not only with empathy, but also with action. It is our intention to photograph people with compassion and dignity in the hope of communicating our interrelatedness.

I had the chance to work for Sebastião Salgado at WHO in Geneva and many of us remember his saying “If you take a picture of a human that does not make him noble, there is no reason to take this picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

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