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Human.Kind. presents an alternative approach to photographing humanitarian action. The exhibition showcases the work of 30 of the 3,000 photographers from around the world who’ve been nominated for the Prix Pictet since it was first awarded in 2008. Their images depict key aspects of humanitarian action differently from anything we see in the news. What sets them apart? An unerring sense of compassion.
Curators: William A. Ewing, Elisa Rusca. Head of project: Pascal Hufschmid
1975, Bourges, France
Starting in the early 2000s, Charles Fréger has developed a collection of “Photographic and Uniform Portraits” that, together, serve as an encyclopaedic inventory of the world’s communities. He lives in Rouen, France.
1982, Kolkata, India
Subrata Biswas is an independent photojournalist focusing on human rights, social and cultural anthropology, and the impact of climate change. He is currently based in Kolkata.
1994, Ulm, Germany
Nanna Heitmann, who is based in Moscow, studied photojournalism and documentary photography at the University of Hanover in Germany. She joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in 2019.
1989, Sokoto, Nigeria
Etinosa Yvonne is a self-taught documentary photographer and visual artist born and brought up in Nigeria. She works with various art forms including photos and videos. She is based in Abuja, Nigeria.
Peter van Agtmael
1981, Washington D.C., USA
Peter van Agtmael is a Magnum photographer focusing on the influence and consequences of American power at home and abroad. He is based in New York and Paris.
1993, Manila, Philippines
Ezra Acayan is a photojournalist based in the Philippines. He has a decade of experience with numerous international agencies and regularly works on assignment for Getty Images.
1977, Baku, Azerbaijan
Rena Effendi, based in Istanbul, is an award-winning documentary photographer, National Geographic explorer, writer and filmmaker. She is the author of two monographs.
1967, Cairo, Egypt
Nermina Hammam photographs the world and then digitally alters the images to create intricate composites, a form of personal tapestry. She lives and works between Cairo and London.
1992, Beirut, Lebanon
Myriam Boulos joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in 2021. She lives and works in Beirut.
1981, Mexico City, Mexico
Alinka Echeverría is a Mexican-British artist working in multiple media. She holds a master’s degree in social anthropology and development from the University of Edinburgh (2004) and a postgraduate degree in photography from the International Center of Photography in New York (2008).
1983, Irkutsk, Russia
Elena’s work has been published globally, including National Geographic, Marie Claire, The New Yorker and others. She lives in Moscow.
1985, Sivas, Türkiye
Emin Özmen obtained a degree in documentary photography from the University of Art and Design Linz in 2008 and joined Magnum Photos in 2017. He currently lives in Istanbul.
1984, Qingtian, China
Xiaoxiao Xu has been based in the Netherlands since 1999 and currently lives in Utrecht. She graduated with honours from the Photo Academy Amsterdam. Her book Shooting the Tiger was shortlisted for the 2023 Book Awards of Les Rencontres d’Arles.
1968, São Paolo, Brazil
Adriana Zehbrauskas is a photojournalist whose life-long practice has focused on issues such as migration, religion, human rights, underrepresented communities, and violence linked to the drug trade in Mexico and elsewhere in Central and South America. She is based in Phoenix, Arizona.
1980, Częstochowa, Poland
Maciek Nabrdalik is a Warsaw-based documentary photographer and member of the VII Photo Agency. His primary focus is on sociological changes in Eastern Europe.
1976, Homs, Syria
Muzaffar Salman is a visual storyteller and former freelancer for the Associated Press and Reuters. He is currently a photojournalism trainer at Media in Cooperation and Transition in Berlin. He is based in Rouen, France.
1965, Brescia, Italy
Carlo Valsecchi has engaged in many extensive documentary projects over the years, involving major museum exhibitions. Bellum was recently shown at the Collezione Maramotti, in Reggio Emilia, and published in book form by Silvana Editoriale, Milan. Valsecchi lives in Milan.
Omar Victor Diop
1980, Dakar, Senegal
After graduating from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, Omar Victor Diop first worked for British American Tobacco in Africa. In 2011, he abandoned corporate communications to devote himself fully to his career as an artist. He lives and works in Paris and Dakar.
1983, Antananarivo, Madagascar
An engineer-turned-photographer, Emmanuelle Andrianjafy has lived in France and Senegal, and is currently based in Kenya. Her project Nothing’s in Vain was the winner of the MACK First Book Award and the Contemporary African Photography Prize in 2017 and was a finalist for the Aperture Portfolio Prize that same year. Her work was shown at the Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles in 2021.
1974, Kyiv, Ukraine
Mila Teshaieva is a Ukrainian artist whose work focuses on themes of memory and identity. Her work has been exhibited at the MIT Museum, Boston, and the Museum of European Cultures, Berlin, as well as in many other museum shows. InselWesen was published in 2016. She lives in Berlin.
1973, Connecticut, United States of America
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and MacArthur Fellow Lynsey Addario has spent the last two decades bearing witness to the world’s most urgent humanitarian and human rights crises. Lynsey Addario has been covering conflict, humanitarian crises and women’s issues around the Middle East and Africa on assignment for The New York Times and National Geographic for more than two decades.
1959, Johannesburg, South Africa
Gideon Mendel has been documenting the impacts of climate change with his Drowning World and Burning World projects since 2007. He lives in London.
1971, Ravenna, Italy
Alex Majoli graduated from the Art Institute in Ravenna in 1991 and joined Magnum Photos in 2001. He documents various conflicts worldwide for Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, Granta and National Geographic. He is based in New York, Amsterdam and Sicily.
1973, Tokyo, Japan
Tomoko Kikuchi won the Kimura Ihei Award (2012) and the inaugural Prix Pictet Japan Award (2015). Her works are included in the collections of the Mori Art Museum, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. She currently lives in Kanagawa, Japan.
1988, Lajeado, Brazil
Dörr's photographs have been published in TIME, National Geographic, The New York Times, and Wired, among others. She currently lives in Bahia.
1978, Lagos, Nigeria
Andrew Esiebo’s works delve into social issues, cultural diversity and identity. They have been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, Courrier International, CNN African Voices and The Financial Times, among others. He currently lives in Nigeria.
1977, Lausanne, Switzerland
Philippe Dudouit is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Lausanne, Switzerland. His study of the Sahelo-Saharan region was published in 2019 by Edition Patrick Frey as The Dynamics of Dust.
1971, Daqing, China
Qingjun Huang is a freelance photographer currently based in the United States of America. He was a winner at the 2020 Tokyo International Foto Awards and the 2015 China International Press Photo Contest, and was a finalist in the London International Creative Competition 2015. He has been published in The New York Times, Bloomberg and Wired, among others.
1985, Tiksi, Russia
Evgenia Arbugaeva is a National Geographic Society Storytelling Fellow. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Time and The New Yorker, among others. She lives in London.
1976, Helmond, Netherlands
Jeroen Hofman studied photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. He currently lives in Amsterdam. He has won several awards and prizes, including the Silver Camera Award twice – once for his work Playground (2011) and again, in 2014, for his portrait of Dutch dancer and choreographer Hans van Manen.