On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Médecins Sans Frontières, this book looks back over five decades of crises to bear witness to the difficult mission of providing assistance, through the photos and words of those who lived through these events.
This book is the result of a collaboration between Magnum Photos and Médecins Sans Frontières. It was born of encounters: those that took place in the midst of crises, whether in the most remote places in the world or in areas covered by international cameras and media.
Humanitarians, photographers and journalists share more than an ethic: they have commitment as a driving force, independence as a conviction, and the desire to be there, to see and hear the reality of conflicts, epidemics and natural disasters, in order to share the views and voices of the people who are victims.
Collectively, we probed our archives and our memories. And as the world is constantly on the move, we have also documented current crises through the images of photographers who have gone on assignment in recent months. Thus, for each date, for each significant event, international event, health disaster, turning point in history, there is a report. The texts respond to the photos and vice versa; they enrich each other. A historical book, made of our common experiences. A unique book to revisit the last fifty years, until today.
French copies may be purchased here