WASHINGTON (June 13, 2006)–A selection of powerful images from 30 years of work by internationally known photojournalist Reza will be on display — both indoors and out — in a new exhibition, “One World, One Tribe – Reza,” at the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall from June 20 through Oct. 9. From Asia to Africa, these photographs witness the agony of war and revolution and express the power of beauty and hope behind human tragedy.
“One World, One Tribe – Reza” is the National Geographic Museum’s first outdoor exhibition. In addition to an indoor gallery, photographs will surround the 17th Street building on its portico. Each image includes a caption with Reza’s personal reflections on the photograph.
As Reza notes in the introduction to the exhibition, “From the Bosporus to the Great Wall of China, from Lebanon to Afghanistan, from Rwanda to Sarajevo, I try to show not only torments and upheavals but also the arts, culture and tradition that give life meaning.”
Reza was born in Tabriz, Iran, and taught himself the principles of photography at age 14. From 1971 to 1978 he photographed rural society and architecture in his homeland. Reza left Iran in March 1981 and since then has photographed for National Geographic and other leading news organizations and worked for humanitarian groups in many of the world’s troubled spots.
“During the last 25 years, I have always used my camera as a weapon to fight against war and injustice,” Reza says, “…I have not forgotten what is it like to separated from a place dearly loved, from family and friends. Each image I capture becomes a part of our collective humanity, connecting us through shared emotions.”
Before photographing the city of Cairo, Egypt, for his first story published in National Geographic magazine (April 1993), Reza covered the Iranian revolution for Agence France-Presse, and served as an Iran and Middle East correspondent for Newsweek and Time magazines. Since then Reza has shot numerous stories for National Geographic, from East Asia to North Africa, with a particular focus on Afghanistan, which he first visited in 1983 to document resistance to the Soviet occupation.
In 2001, Reza founded Aïna (meaning “mirror”), an organization dedicated to promoting press and cultural freedom in Afghanistan. In recognition of his photographic and humanitarian achievements, the French Senate honored Reza with the French Order of Merit in 2005.
In conjunction with the “One World, One Tribe” exhibition, Reza will present a National Geographic Live! lecture on Friday, June 23, at 7 p.m. in Grosvenor Auditorium.
The National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall, 1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Dec. 25. Admission is free. For information on the “One World, One Tribe – Reza” exhibit, the public should call (202) 857-7588 or visit nationalgeographic.com/museum.