Powerful stories

The Dart Society is amazing — it supports journalists, photographers and editors who inform us about trauma and violence in its myriad forms and who do it sensitively and non-sensationally.  I learned about them when a journalist called me up a couple of years ago and asked if I would second her nomination of Clara Germani, an editor at the Christian Science Monitor for a Mimi Award.  Clara is a terrific editor and I had worked with her on a series of articles about military chaplains.  Clara got honorary mention, which she well deserves.

So what has this got to do with art?  The Dart Society hosted a fundraiser tonight during which it auctioned photographs and books.  I could not take my eyes off Khaled Hasan’s surreal image of unspeakable violence (you can learn more about the story behind the picture here).

Another photograph that kept bringing me back was this one by Michael Goldfarb, a doctor with Médecins Sans Frontières, who took this is a young boy foraging for avocados in the village of Bishusha in North Kivu Province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, October 2009.

And then there was Pulitzer-prize winner Carol Guzy‘s shot of a child being passed through a barbed wire fence in Albania so that he can be reunited with his family. 

There were plenty of others — but my limit here is three.  So you’ll have to go to the site to see all the auctioned photographs.

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