Photography exhibition celebrates Save the Children centenary


Once a year photographer Giora Dan offers his services for free to non-governmental-organisations, taking him to some of the most deprived parts of the world.

"It gives meaning to my work. I did a lot of travel photography and documentary photography before, nothing as deep as that, nothing I'd seen make as much change," he told Newshub.

In 2017 and 2018 he went with Save the Children to Daulatdia in Bangladesh; four hours from the capital Dhaka and considered the world's largest brothel, it's home to an estimated 1600 sex workers, but also a school.

His work explores the contrast between the conditions the schoolchildren and their mothers live in, but also the hope an education brings.

"The brothel itself doesn't have a lot of hope inside, it's a pretty disturbing place to visit. The school on the other hand, that's run by Save the Children, is a very hopeful place," he says.

Dan's work in Daulatdia forms the centrepiece of a new exhibition at Wellington Museum, celebrating 100 years of Save the Children.

"I'm pretty happy to be exhibited, for a working photographer it's kind of the highest achievement," Dan says.

Running until May 26th, 100 Years of Child Rights is part of Photival - Wellington's documentary photography festival, which highlights social, economic, and environmental issues.

"The rights of children still aren't met a hundred years later, and especially what we do in Bangladesh, which these photos are about, really important for people to understand that we're still doing this work and there's still a lot to be done," says Save the Children's international programme director Andrew Johnston.

Johnston says the exhibition can be more effective at spreading the word than a bunch of reports and statistics.

"One photo can say so much. I love to talk to people, I love all these ideas, but really we can just show people how much we can do for one child's life."

And though Johnston's not a professional photographer, he's got a picture in there too.

"I just took a million photos on my iPhone, so I'm just lucky!" he explains.


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