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Concerned Photographers

Families under fire

World-renowned for the excellence of his reportages from war zones, photographer Eric Bouvet is an unassuming Frenchman, who began his career with the Keystone agency in Paris. He worked for Gamma for eight years, before turning freelance in 1990. Winner of several World Press Photo Awards, Eric received the top prize (Visa d'Or) at the International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan for his most recent coverage of the war in Chechnya, which also gained him the Paris Match Prize and the Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents.
A familiar face on the battlefield, Eric Bouvet has covered numerous ICRC operations, from Angola to Afghanistan.
He has made a selection of photos from his portfolio for Red Cross, Red Crescent. These images and his commentary remind us that even in the midst of fratricidal wars, the family remains the foundation of society - so precious, yet so vulnerable.

Jean-François Beerger

Chechnya, August 1996
"Trapped for a week in the centre of Grozny, together with four other photographers, I went from cellar to cellar to shelter from the unremitting bombardment and the sniper-ridden streets. At 7 a.m., the firing stopped. At 8 a.m., the Russians collected their dead in aluminium sheets. At 9 a.m., the two factions were sharing a smoke. At 10 a.m., the seemingly impossible happened: civilians began to emerge... It was the last day of this war."

Somalia, 1992
"It was in the desert, a no-man's land. Two stones were all they had with which to cut the baby's umbilical cord. I handed them my knife. After ten days with the living dead in Baidoa, I was heartened to witness this birth..."

Afghanistan, 1994
"A woman from Kabul covers her child with her burka to protect him from the rain. She is fleeing the city ravaged by fighting between the rival factions of the communist Dostom, the fundamentalist Hekmatyar and the then government of Massoud."

Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1993
"This scene of a father crossing the infamous 'Sniper Alley' is sadly only too familiar."

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