Human Rights through photographs - Nobel Peace Center

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  1. Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

    Photo: © James Nachtwey / VII
  2. Article 9: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

    Photo: © Eric Bouvet / VII Network
  3. Article 25: Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family.

    Photo: © John Stanmeyer/VII

Human Rights through photographs

02 Dec 2008–10 Dec 2008

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turned 60 years in 2008. Each of the 30 articles was illustrated by a photograph taken by world renowned phtoographers like James Nachtwey, Eric Bouvet and John Stanmeyer from VII Photo Agency. The photo series was shown on a big screen in the Entry Hall of the Nobel  Peace Center.

“To the Nobel Peace Center documentary photography is an important form of expression, and to use photography to mark the 60th anniversary for the Human Rights Declaration is wonderful. The images, taken by the world’s leading photographers, highlight the content of each article. We hope the images will inspire the public to reflect on how vital and important the human rights still are for people around the world”, said Bente Erichsen, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center.

The photo projevt A l’épreuve du monde was produced and shown in collaboration with The French Center of Culture in Oslo. They were supported by Gaz de France Norway.

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in Paris on 10 December 1948 proclaiming the dignity of the human family. Yet as behind all noble words lie harsh realities, we felt it important to put this groundbreaking text on view for all to see. The photographs that illustrate the declaration speak volumes about the problems of a world that tries this declaration shaped at a moment of united diplomacy and ideals. We hope all those who read it will defend it”, said Bernard Kouchner, the French Minister of Foreign Affair, at the launch of the project.

Kouchner also visited the photo exhibition when it was displayed at the Nobel Peace Center.