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Uplifting photographs: 'Starved for Attention'

Creating a new visual identity for global malnutrition
Jessica Dimmock/VII, Burkina Faso (2009)



A new documentary project gives an uplifting emphasis and reworked visual identity to the underlying causes of the global malnutrition crisis, which affects 195 million children around the world. An inspired collaboration between photographers from the respected photojournalist agency VII, and the leading humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, has resulted in Starved for Attention, a refreshing exhibition currently on show as part of Stockholm Photography Week (until 29 May).

'There is a sense that this story has already been told through the body of work produced by photojournalists who covered famines of the 20th Century,' explains VII photographer Ron Haviv. 'Yet we believe that we have found a completely new visual language to tell this story - one that has the potential for great impact'.

VII photographers including Marcus Bleasdale, Jessica Dimmock and Antonin Kratochvil travelled to some of the world's 'malnutrition hotspots', from the urban environments of Djibouti to village treatment centres in Burkina Faso and Congo. What emerges through their photographs and short documentary films is the great potential for combating early childhood malnutrition.

This autumn, in the weeks before World Food Day (16 October), the exhibition will tour the north east of the States accompanied by a mobile therapeutic feeding centre to show how malnutrition is treated in the field.


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