Past Exhibition

They Defend our Freedoms – 30 Years of the Sakharov Prize Exhibition

The European Parliament commission of Magnum photographers' work goes on show

Newsha Tavakolian Asma Kaouech, 25, leads the Fani Raghman Ani group, an association defending human rights in Tunisia. Tunis, Tunisia. August 2017. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos

To mark the 30th anniversary of The Sakharov Prize, the European Parliament, together with Magnum Photos, presents a new documentary project that profiles four human rights activists from around the world. They Defend our Freedoms – 30 years of the Sakharov Prize gives a voice to these unsung heroes, presenting an immersive journey into their daily lives as seen through the diverse perspectives of Magnum photographers.

Magnum photographers Jérôme Sessini, Bieke Depoorter, Enri Canaj, Newsha Tavakolian have worked with four remarkable individuals, all staunch defenders of human rights, to shine a light on their work. A commission for European Parliament, these stories are gathered in a new book and exhibition.