The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations, in their resolution 217 A (III), on December 10, 1948. Francesco Zizola, Jan Grarup, Kadir van Lohuizen, Pep Bonet, Philip Blenkinsop, Samantha Appleton, Stanley Greene, Yuri Kozyrev and Jon Lowestein. Nine of the best independent photographers in the world (documentary photography / photo-journalism) have joined to create a collective book called 217A.
Aware of the world they live in, already influential with their work, they join the struggle to foster and promote education and respect of rights and liberties as described by the resolution 217A of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And they get involved in this task doing what they know best, showing the reality of life to the rest of the world, through the language of photography and portraying the truth in all its harshness when necessary, while always paying total respect to human dignity.
Nine photographers assuming the social responsibility of their work, placing themselves at the front-line of events so that they can capture snapshots delivering to all those willing to watch them an eloquent visual chronicle of the events with the image as main narrator. There are some things that simply need to be seen, that have to be acknowledged. Thus they have decided to unite their individual visions to facilitate this objective, to show the other reality of life which is not the order of the day in the media.
217A – NOOR