A collaborative project between the Prix Pictet and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, focusing on the work of thirty internationally recognized photographers from twenty-four countries

This book is not yet published, but will be available from September 2024.

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In this thought-provoking anthology, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum has partnered with the Prix Pictet, the world’s leading prize for photography and sustainability, to show a different side to humanitarian photography.

Co-editors William A. Ewing and Elisa Rusca decided to select thirty photographers from the 3,000 or so artists who have been nominated since the award was founded in 2008. Adopting a broad definition of humanitarian photography, they looked for work with a visible humanitarian impulse and attributes such as care, dignity and empathy.

The result is a diverse, stimulating and, at times, surprising visual display that is very different from the ‘breaking news’ images we often associate with humanitarian action. What sets these photographs apart? An unerring sense of compassion. This compelling collection underlines the power of contemporary photography to move us and inspire positive change in the world.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 24.5 x 29.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 11 September 2024
Number of pages 304
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by William A Ewing and Elisa Rusca, Text by Michael Benson, Marie-Laure Salles, and Isabelle von Ribbentrop, Foreword by Pascal Hufschmid and Renaud de Planta
Dimensions 24.5 x 29.5 cm
Weight 300 g


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William A. Ewing has been an author, lecturer, curator of photography and museum director for more than forty years. His many publications on photography include The Body, Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements, Civilization and Flora Photographica, all published by Thames & Hudson. Elisa Rusca is an art historian, writer and curator. She is currently director of exhibitions and collections at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva. The Prix Pictet is the world's leading award for photography and sustainability. Across nine, themed cycles to date, the prize has been presented to a photographer who, in the opinion of the independent jury, produced a series of work that is both artistically outstanding and presents a compelling narrative related to the theme of the award.