Lost to History


Covering Conflict in the Age of the Eternal Present


Andrea Bruce
In Latakia Province, Syria, the brother of the deceased lieutenant comforts his mother during the funeral.
September 30, 2013
(c) Andrea Bruce/NOOR

Andrea Bruce, Ron Haviv, Emily Pederson and Karanjit Singh

Photos from the Panel and Opening

September 16 – October 14, 2015

The challenges of photographing a conflict zone have existed since the inception of photojournalism, as has its promise as a tool to reveal injustices. The camera can take us places otherwise unseen, but today the challenge of access—getting into the difficult spaces that put at risk the photographer’s life or well-being—is complicated by the “battle for eyeballs.” Lost to History looks at the work of four photographers shedding light on stories that run the risk of being overshadowed or overlooked, whether by the inherent difficulty of covering them, or by the competition of a news cycle that thrives on sensation, at the expense of so many urgent stories.

The conflicts covered in this show involve war and its aftermath, environmental destruction, political persecution, and populations living in exile. For us, the idea of conflict is as expansive as it is tragic, which is why Lost to History highlights situations from war-torn Syria to the Peruvian Amazon, from Chiapas, Mexico to the Dhauladhar range in Himachal Pradesh, India.
In each case, we decided to focus on a single, in-depth project to demonstrate the level of commitment required for stories that are not merely flashes on our multiple screens, but real-world issues with long-term consequences, as is clearly demonstrated in the current refugee crisis afflicting Central Europe.
History may be written by the victors, as the saying goes, but concrete visual evidence in the form of photojournalism, of the type seen here, offers the promise that it be contested by people on the ground, witnessing what we cannot, making sure it is not lost to history.

–Keith Miller and Lauren Walsh


Ron Haviv
The area of Huaypetue, Peru was once surrounded by rain forest. Gold mining has devastated the environment. August 2010
(c) Ron Haviv/VII



Emily Pederson
Members of Las Abejas de Acteal, a Catholic social justice group that suffered a massacre of 45 of its members in 1997, participated in a pilgrimage to protest the new wave of paramilitary violence in Colonia Puebla. Carrying crosses that represent the victims of the 1997 massacre, they chanted “Justice in Mexico is all inside out!”
Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, August 21st, 2013



Karanjit Singh
 Tibetans participate in the annual Gyalyum Chenmo Memorial (GCM) international football tournament that invites Tibetan football teams in different exile communities from all over the world to play against each other. This year the Tibetan team from Pokhara, Nepal won after competing against Tibetans from France, Germany, New York, and India.
Tibetan Children’s Village School, Mcleodganj, Dharamsala, India. June 2015