Some things simply need to be seen

The photo agency NOOR – signifying light in Arabic – represents thirteen of the world’s most renowned documentary photographers. Their works are published internationally in major daily newspapers and magazines, such as The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Le Monde, National Geographic and Stern. The NOOR photographers report with great personal envolvement from areas of conflict and war zones all over the world. Their images give us an understanding of the most pressing issues of today’s world – realized in a visually excellent und aesthetically outstanding manner.

At the occasion of the agency’s 10th anniversary, the exhibition NOOR by NOOR – award-winning reportages on today’s world focuses on this unique photography collective for the first time in Germany. The exhibition brings to mind the most important political and social developments of the past 10 years in the form of award-winning photo reportages.

Focussing on themes such as war and crisis, flight and migration, climate change and women’s rights, NOOR by NOOR presents a selection of 80 photographs and multimedia films: the shattering images from war zones by Yuri Kozyrev, Nina Berman’s portraits of American war veterans Purple Hearts, Bénédicte Kurzen’s documentation of sexual violence in Haiti, the series One Goal on the civil war in Sierra Leone by Pep Bonet and Kadir van Lohuizen’s awakening report Where Will We Go? about the consequences of climate change in the Pacific Ocean.

NOOR, headquartered in Amsterdam, is made up of thirteen photographers: Nina Berman, Pep Bonet, Andrea Bruce, Alixandra Fazzina, Stanley Greene, Tanya Habjouqa, Robin Hammond, Yuri Kozyrev, Bénédicte Kurzen, Sebastián Liste, Kadir van Lohuizen, Jon Lowenstein, Francesco Zizola. .

Curated by Gisela Kayser (Artistic Director Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus) and Katharina Mouratidi (Artistic Director GfHF).

Opening NOOR by NOOR on 14 June 2017, 7 pm. Speakers
Tom Maasen, Cultural Attaché, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Peter Bitzer, Managing Director Agentur laif
Clément Saccomani, Managing Director NOOR

On the occasion of NOOR’s 10th anniversary & the NOOR by NOOR exhibition, GfHF & NOOR are pleased to invite professional photographers to Berlin for special workshops with Tanya Habjouqa and Sebastián Liste. You can find the detailed workshop program and all infos for the application here.

With kind support by:
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
HALBE Rahmen

A Life in Death

As a child, I simply couldn’t imagine life without my parents. I assumed that they would be there for every important milestone in my life, and that they would grow old together. I never thought that I would lose them both by the time I was twenty-nine.” – Nancy Borowick

In her long term reportage A Life In Death Nancy Borowick documents the lives of her parents affected by cancer. Borowick accompanied them over the course of several years with the camera. With great respect, she shows us her parents’ experiences while both undergo cancer treatment – their shifting dynamics and the daily banter of a couple that shares infinitely more than this challenge. Pictures of a family and their everyday life, characterized by love and loss.

Nancy Borowick’s work reflects a situation that many of us have experienced as patients, partners, in the family and among friends. Despite their intimacy, Borowick’s images are never voyeuristic or baring. Rather it is the great peace and strength in them, that raises the questions of how to deal with illness and death in our society.

The series was awarded the World Press Photo Award in the category long term project in 2016.

Speakers at the exhibition opening
Katharina Mouratidi, Artistic Diector Gesellschaft für Humanistische Fotografie
Nadine Barth, Consulting Editor for Photography Art Books at Hatje Cantz Verlag
Nancy Borowick, Photographer