The Spanish branch of ‘Doctors of the World‘ is mounting an exhibition in the Madrid cultural centre La Casa Encendida of photographs of the faces of war, disasters and poverty. The show may be temporary, but its pictures stop time.
The African subjects include child prisons in Sierra Leone, the poisons leaking from abandoned computer mountains in Ghana and the search for water in drought-hit Kenya.
From South America there are pictures taken by prize winning Spanish photographer Javier Arcenillas of hired assassins, while Ricardo Ventura examined the Haiti earthquake and the plight of the country in its aftermath.
“The exhibition’s aim is to move people to play an active part and contribute in changing the unfair reality,” said Doctors of the World’s Pilar Garcia.
This is the 14th ‘Doctors of the World - Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Awards Show’.
The annual event commemorates Valtueña and fellow aid workers Flors Sirera, Manuel Madrazo, and Mercedes Navarro, who were killed while working on humanitarian projects in Rwanda and Bosnia.
Fernando Moleres’ images of Africa’s child prisoners were judged to be the year’s most powerful, so he won the Valtuena prize. He took second place in this year’s World Press Photo Awards with the same series.
But all 40 pictures to make it to the final selection served to underline the NGO’s mission statement; to save lives and help those who are suffering because of natural or man-made disasters.