La Chronique N°127- June 2018

This edition of La Chronique is dedicated to humanitarian photography.

Photographers talk about their relationship to the image in a context of humanitarian crisis. In the interview section, the director of the Magnum Agency explains to us “the mad dash for photos”.

The long-form “Beyond the pictures” brings together all the photos and sotires shared in La Chronique.

“Beyond the pictures”


‘Show it all, but not just in any old way’

Humanitarian photography is a very special genre. It illustrates an environment that may be violent, shows portraits of people often in distress, and focuses on the failure of modern society and its inequalities that need to be handled with care. It is essential for getting the public engaged, raising awareness and sometimes even changing the course of history…

Première Urgence Internationale puts photography at the heart of its communication. Through our presence on the web, our exhibitions and publications, we showcase photographs that tell stories: for example the story of Amina in Nigeria, alone with eight children, rebuilding her life bit by bit in Maiduguri; or the story of Bassam in Iraq who returned to his village that was completely destroyed by Islamic State; or the story of the 70-year-old woman in Ukraine who is unable to cross the “line of contact” to find her family members. The images capture a look, or a smile, and put a face to complex political issues, countries miles away from our concerns and crises that might have been forgotten.

In this new edition of La Chronique, we asked professional photographers to talk about their craft and their experiences with us. They tell us about a picture and explain their approach to humanitarian photography. In the ‘Interview’ section, the editorial director of the famous Magnum agency talks to us about photojournalism and its uses in a humanitarian crisis.

We hope that these images will speak to you too and will boost your commitment to our organisation.

Jean Javogues
Communications Director

How your donations are used?

Stats Each year, Première Urgence Internationale allocates most of its resources to the programs and activities and only 0.2% to fundraising. Your donations are crucial.

Take control of your destiny

Your donations ensure our freedom of action. They allow us to provide support to those affected by crises that have been forgotten by the media and institutional sponsors. It means that the decisions of how to use all of the donations collected are taken by the organisation. It gives us the freedom to act and to increase our responsiveness.
Make a donation