The Lost Rolls

PhotographerRon Haviv
PrizeGold in Book (series Only) / Other_B
Entry Description

Ron Haviv discovered over 200 rolls of his own undeveloped analog film, rolls that had been put aside and then forgotten. When they were processed this year, He had the stunning experience of looking back at moments of history he had never before viewed in photographic form. But this isn’t purely a book of photojournalism, not least because the images are out of date. In addition, Haviv reckoned with the fact that analog film degrades over time—his images evidence light leaks, pooling dye, mold, and other vagaries of time. But far from destroying the photographic work, the “ravages of time” created a hybrid art-journalism. Ultimately, the experience became a meditation on the artifacts we use to record and remember history; how they change over time; how reliant we are on them and how our relationship to images and memories is changing with the shift from analog film to digital.

About Photographer

Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv has produced images of conflict and humanitarian crises that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the Cold War. A co-founder of the photo agency VII, his work is published by magazines worldwide. Numerous museums and galleries have featured his work, including the Louvre, United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has published critically acclaimed collections of his photograph with the books, Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul and Haiti: January 12,2010. Haviv has been the central character in three films including National Geographic Explorerâs Freelance in a World of Risk that explores the hazards inherent in combat photography. In addition, Haviv has spoken about his work on, ABC World News, BBC, CNN, CNBC, NPR, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America and The Charlie Rose Show.