André Liohn

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André Liohn
André Liohn in Misuratah April 2012.jpg
André Liohn in Misuratah Libya April 2012
André L. Garcia de Oliveira

9 December 1974
CitizenshipBrazil, Norway[1]
Known forRobert Capa Gold Medal (2012)
ChildrenLyah Azzura, Anton Dannill

André Liohn (born November 9, 1974) is a freelance photojournalist born in Botucatu, Brazil, frequently contributing to the publications Der Spiegel, L'Espresso, Time, Newsweek, Le Monde, Veja and others.


André Liohn lived in Botucatu, Brazil during his childhood. In his early 20s he moved to Trondheim, Norway where he lived for 15 years. He started photographing at the age of 30. In his first years in photography, he met the Czech photographer Antonín Kratochvíl who became his personal friend and mentor, influencing his work and his views about photography.

In 2011 he became the first Latin American photojournalist to receive the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal by the Overseas Press Club for his work on the Libyan Civil War[2] and nominated by the Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre. His work documenting the challenges faced by health care personal working in conflict areas, has been used by the ICRC's Health Care in Danger project, denouncing cases violence against health care personal around the world

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting[edit]

In April 2010, Liohn made public the case where the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee and World Press Photo winner, Marco Vernaschi, requested a Ugandan mother to exhume her recently deceased child, offering payment after the fact. Liohn learned about the case after visiting Uganda to report on cases of human sacrifices and after observing vague photo captions written by Vernaschi, that he was not present at the time of burial and had in essence staged a photo and offered payment in return. After notifying the Pulitzer Center and the photojournalist Anne Holmes, who subsequently removed an interview with Vernaschi that had previously been on her blog, Liohn went public on the journalists forum Lightstalkers. The story drew more attention when Roy Greenslade wrote it up in The Guardian. As of October 2011, the Pulitzer Center remains firmly behind Vernaschi's work, although it has withdrawn several images from this and another story (where questions were raised about the ethics of showing the face and genitalia of a child who had suffered genital mutilation) and hosted a debate and discussion about the photographer's working methods, journalistic integrity, and professional ethics.

ADIL - Almost Dawn in Libya[edit]

In 2012, with fellow photographers Christopher Morris, Jehad Nga, Bryan Denton, Lynsey Addario, Eric Bouvet and Finbarr O'Reilly, he created the project Almost Dawn in Libya, four photo exhibits in the main Libyan cities of Tripoli, Benghazi, Misurata and Zintan. The project gained great media coverage and was founded partly by a crowdfunding campaign hosted by the website and partly by the international NGO International Medical Corps. The project's idea was to use photojournalism as a possible bridge for reconciliation in Libya after its civil war. The exhibits were curated by Italian curator Annalisa D'Angelo and photographer Paolo Pellegrin.

Political Views[edit]

André Liohn follows the Mutualism (economic theory) political and economic theory originated from the writings of philosopher Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.



  • 2017 - Na Linha de frente - Museu da fotografia de Fortaleza (Collective)
  • 2016 - REVOGO - lodi festival della fotografia etica - Italy
  • 2015 - REVOGO - Instituto Caixa Cultural - São Paulo
  • 2015 - Assistência à Saúde em Perigo: Líbia e Somália no olhar de André Liohn" ICRC Biblioteca Parque Villa Lobos - São Paulo
  • 2014 - FGW1414 exhibition MEMO THE FIRST GLOBAL WAR - Atlante delle Guerre e dei Conflitti del Mondo & Museo Storico del Trentino.
  • 2014 - Assistência à Saúde em Perigo: Líbia e Somália no olhar de André Liohn" ICRC Museu Nacional Honestino Guimarães
  • 2013 - Violence against health care through the ages - ICRC Geneve
  • 2011 - Almost Dawn in Libya - Libya



  1. ^ Spencer, Richard; Collins, Nick (21 April 2011). "Libya: British Photographer Killed in Misurata – Oscar-Nominated British Photographer Tim Hetherington and His US Colleague Chris Hondros Have Been Killed While Covering the Fighting in the Libyan City of Misurata, the Foreign Office Has Confirmed". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  2. ^ "The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award 2011". OPC. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 2016-06-19.

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