Photojournalist Ron Haviv became famous for his anti-war images. His fast-paced journalism career began immediately after graduating from New York University. He used every opportunity to create sensational material. Haviv began to cover ethnic conflicts in the late 80s, since then he has visited many “hot spots”. Fame came to the photographer during the Balkan wars. His shocking pictures taken in the territory of the former Yugoslavia were published by many well-known magazines and newspapers in the United States.
A few years later, the photographs he took were used in The Hague as documentary evidence of crimes committed against civilians. Haviv managed to film a lot of shocking shots that spoke without words about the senseless cruelty of both warring parties: both Serbs and Albanians.
American photojournalist Ron Haviv spent several years in the Balkans chronicling the collapse of Yugoslavia. His photographs capture the agony of the country. We are watching how people who lived peacefully next to each other for decades turned into irreconcilable enemies almost overnight. Looking at Haviv’s reports, you understand how terrible the consequences of ethnic hatred are, how it destroys, turns people into soulless killers.
For the first time the photographer came to the Balkans in 1991. He believes that the photographs he took drew public attention to the crimes committed in that region. Haviv has been recognized several times as the winner of the World Press, Picture of the Year and other awards. According to the photographer, the lens is one of the most powerful weapons. With its help, you can make revolutions, arrange riots, turn people’s minds around.
In his photo essays, Haviv documented the atrocities taking place in the concentration camps that were being built in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The journalist does not limit his work only to military conflicts. Strives to be wherever there is trouble. Removes the effects of natural disasters. Thanks to him, vivid catchy shots of the earthquake in Haiti appear in the press.
The photographer is also concerned about social problems: he made several interesting reports about the fight against Mexican drug lords.