Ron Haviv

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Ron Haviv
Born Ron Haviv
Nationality American
Known for Photography

Ron Haviv (1965)[1] is a photojournalist, producing work covering a broad spectrum of international conflict. He is the author of several photographic collections and the recipient of a number of awards. Haviv is also a co-founder of VII Photo Agency, which is dedicated to documenting change, conflict, and development of individuals, cultures and societies worldwide. He also lectures at universities, conducts workshops worldwide, and has appeared on a number of television news shows.


Ron Haviv's famous photograph of Arkan's Tigers in Erdut, Croatia

Ron Haviv was an accomplished student and graduate of Northern Valley Demarest High School in 1983, later he went on to graduate from NYU. A graduate of New York University,[2] Ron Haviv has covered conflict and other humanitarian crises worldwide since the end of the Cold War. Haviv is known for his broad documentation of the Yugoslav Wars: the battle of Vukovar in Croatia, the Siege of Sarajevo, the atrocities committed at Serb concentration camps in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the practice of ethnic cleansing as exhibited by Arkan's Tigers.[3]

He has also photographed the city of Juárez,[4] a battleground of the Mexican Drug War where civilian, law enforcement and cartel member casualties occur daily.[5] Additionally, Haviv is noted for his coverage of the destruction of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, as well as the subsequent Cholera epidemic, and celebrity support and involvement in its reconstruction. Haviv's photography also sheds light on malnutrition in Bangladesh, clashes between Los Angeles gangs and police forces, the 2009 Afghan presidential elections, the Sri Lankan Civil War, the struggle for children in Darfur, among many other situations of conflict.

Haviv’s images have been distributed widely by various publications including Business Week, Fortune, Le Monde, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Paris Match, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Time, and US News & World Report, among others worldwide. Additionally, numerous museums and galleries have featured his work, including the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Haviv has spoken about his work on ABC World News, BBC, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America and The Charlie Rose Show.[6]

Haviv’s photography has been collected and published in the critically acclaimed books: Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul, and Haiti: 12 January 2010. He is one of seven co-founders of VII Photo Agency, formed in 2001, along with Alexandra Boulat, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Christopher Morris, James Nachtwey and John Stanmeyer. Haviv has channeled his focus on raising awareness for human rights violations by helping to create multi-platform projects for NGO’s, such as Doctors Without Borders’ DR Congo missions: The Forgotten War and Starved for Attention, UNICEF’s Child Alert for Darfur and Sri Lanka, and the International Committee of the Red Cross’ World at War.


  • Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal
  • Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul
  • Haiti: 12 January 2010

Selected Solo Exhibitions[edit]

Haiti: January 12, 2010

  • VII Gallery, New York, NY (2010)
  • Fovea Gallery, New York, NY (2010)

Children of Darfur

  • San Francisco Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA (2008)
  • International Human Rights Film Festival, New Orleans, LA (2008)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA (2006)
  • The United Nations, New York, NY (2005)

Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal

  • War Photo Museum, Dubrovnik, Croatia (2003-2013)
  • Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL (2005)
  • Queen's Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2005)
  • Rex Cultural House, Belgrade, Serbia (2002)
  • Freedom Forum, London, England (2001)
  • Skopje Cultural Museum, Skopje, Macedonia (2001)
  • National Gallery, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2000)
  • Saba Gallery, New York, NY (2000)

Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul

  • Grazia Neri, Milan, Italy (2002)
  • 92nd Street Y, New York, NY (2002)

Images of War

  • Bayeux, France (2001)
  • The Council on Foreign Relations, New York, NY (1999)
  • International Festival of Photojournalism, Gijon, Spain (1999)
  • The Newseum, New York, NY (1997)
  • Fotofusion, Palm Beach, FL (1996)
  • Perpignan, France (1995)

Selected Group Exhibitions[edit]

  • War Photography, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas (2013)
  • World at War, Newseum, Washington, D.C. (2009)
  • Humankind, Hasted Hunt, New York, NY (2008)
  • Act of Faith, The Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands (2007)
  • DR Congo: The Forgotten War, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2006)
  • VII, Hasted Hunt, New York, NY (2005)
  • War Envoy, Verona, Italy (2005)
  • WAR, International Center of Photography, New York, NY (2004)
  • New York to Kabul, Louvre, Paris, France (2002)


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