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photography showing staged interpretations of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of

Human Rights


”The concept that all people, the weakest as well as the strongest, have a right to the basic necessities of a civilised existence, should be the ultimate goal of a fair society. Sad to say, this apparently reasonable aim has never been achieved and, at present, it looks highly unlikely that it ever will be achieved. Nevertheless, each one of us needs to keep fighting for these crucial values of a better world“.



The Motivation

The Declaration of Human Rights is a manifest that evolved from the founding of the United Nations in 1948. Whether or not it was meant by all UN participants as an achievable maxim for the post war world, it does remain a vital testimonial to the assumption that the people of the entire world should have access to the dignity of their species.
However, a cursory glance around the world today makes clear that the 30 articles contained within the declaration of Human Rights have, for the most part, been ignored, and are likely to remain ignored. It is imperative, therefore, that there is a concerted international effort to revive and revitalise the values of this essential document on behalf of the world population in general, but particularly for the many desperately needy who these articles were originally intended to protect.
The concept that all people, the weakest as well as the stronges have a right to the basic necessities of a civilised existence seems to be incontrovertibly and the reasonable ingredients of a fair society. Sad to say this apparently reasonable aim has never been achieved and, at present, it looks highly unlikely that it will ever be achieved.

In fact as a result of Acts of God, War, Corruption, Greed, Religious Fanatacism, the utter ruthlessness of those with power, as well as the general unfairness of life, increasingly fewer of the world`s population have the possibility to live their lives secure in the knowledge that, whatever else, they have their Human Rights. Furthermore, nine hundred million of the world`s population cannot read or write, so will never have the possibility of understanding them, let alone actually knowing of their existence.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is translated into 375 languages, there has never been a visual interpretation of this kind of the complete Declaration of Human Rights.

The Aims

Our project is not to analyse all these reasons, but to focus on the possible effect of exposing this declaration as broadly as is possible. In the process of producing a series of dramatically powerful Picture Stories, vividly illustrating each of the articles of the declaration for everyone to understand, we intent to reach far beyond the capacity of the written word, exploiting the highly emotive and dramatic medium of staged photography.
The photographs have a remarkable power and the potential to be produced on a very large scale. So we are confident they will be vividly comprehensible to everyone. Our intention is to make sure that these images are seen far and wide throughout all spectrums of society, particularly highly populated areas of the Third World, in public arenas, as well as on billboards.
Such tactics will not exclude the targeting of international Politicians and Decision-Makers through appropriate exhibition venues and museums, as well as Fund-Raising Auctions.
A major aspect of this project is to involve fifty pupils of a township school in Johannesburg, South Africa, who participated the realization of the photographs from April 2009 to March 2010. The students themselves not only acted out human rights abuses, serving as the protagonists of each story, but through lengthy discussion processes, determined the direction of the photograph`s construction. We have spent several months working with these students and have been inspired and motivated by their enthusiasm and their environment.
Our project is to interpret visually and theatrically each of the thirty articles of the declaration, using the intensity of a 360 degree analog panoramic came- ra. Instead of a computer generated photography we create “Frozen Short Films” involving actors, participating artists and highly complex staging.


Benefits of the project are going to be reused for cultural, art & educational projects concerning human rights activities.


The Human Rights Project was produced with generous support of





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