Ron Haviv – The Lost Rolls

Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv looks back at more than twenty-five years of making photographs and shares his latest projects, The Lost Rolls and Biography of a Photo. The Lost Rolls explores a collection of forgotten moments and surprising discoveries leading to provocative questions from his previously undeveloped film. With Biography of a Photo, Haviv returns to countries where some of his most important iconic photographs were made. He explores the "lives of the photos" – the impact they've had on the historical narrative of the countries and the people who live there.

It makes sense that someone who is constantly photographing would have some rolls of film that wind up not being developed. But as Haviv set out on his book tour, he heard from the general public, again and again, that overlooked rolls of film aren’t just the domain of the professional photographer—everyone has that forgotten roll, misplaced in a cabinet or tucked away in the attic.

The lost rolls of one photographer thus led to Lost Rolls America, a representation of all of America’s misplaced, forgotten film. In turn, Lost Rolls America celebrates the once-misplaced, forgotten memories that are now being resurrected with the help of this archive.


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Above: Installation views of The Lost Rolls at Photoville 2016.
Images courtesy Suzie Katz

Haviv is a co-founder of the photo agency VII that is dedicated to documenting conflict, both violent and non-violent, to produce an unflinching record of the injustices created and experienced by people caught up in the events they describe.

His images, which focus on raising awareness for human rights, have been published by Audubon, Business Week, Details, Fortune, Le Monde 2, Newsweek, NY Times Magazine, New Yorker, Paris Match, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Readers Digest, Stern, Time, US News &World Report among others worldwide.

Numerous museums and galleries have featured his work, including the Louvre, United Nations and the Council on Foreign Relations. Haviv’s work is in private and museum collections including Southeast Museum of Photography and George Eastman House.

He has published critically acclaimed collections of his photography with the books Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul and Haiti: 12 January 2010.

Haviv has helped create multi-platform projects for NGO’s such as Doctors Without Borders’ DR Congo: The Forgotten War and Starved for Attention, Unicef’s Child Alert for Darfur and Sri Lanka and the International Committee of the Red Cross’s World at War.

Haviv has been the central character in three films including National Geographic Explorer’s Freelance in a World of Risk that explores the hazards inherent in combat photography. In addition, Haviv has spoken about his work on ABC World News, BBC, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America andThe Charlie Rose Show.

Learn more about The Lost Rolls project

Ron Haviv - Stories Behind the Photographs

The Power of Photography - Foundry Photojournalism Workshop

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