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The Lost Rolls

  • Prize
    Gold in Book (Series Only)/Other
  • Photographer
    Ron Haviv
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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the images are out of date.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

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, Haiti: January 2010 and The Lost Rolls.