Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe.

In the last three decades, Haviv has covered more than twenty-five conflicts and worked in over one hundred countries. He has published three critically acclaimed collections of photography, and his work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries, including the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Haviv's photographs are in the collections at The Houston Museum of Fine Arts and George Eastman House amongst others as well as numerous private collections.

Haviv has produced an unflinching record of the injustices of war and his photography has had singular impact. His work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade of conflict, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the international tribunal in The Hague. President George H.W. Bush cited Haviv’s chilling photographs documenting paramilitary violence in Panama as one of the reasons for the 1989 American intervention.

His film work has appeared on PBS’s Need to Know and Frontline as well as NBC Nightly News and ABC World News Tonight. He has directed short films for ESPN, People Magazine, Doctors Without Borders, Asia Society and American Photography. Haviv’s music videos have been on the MTV Europe and Sol Musica channels in Spain.

His first photography book, Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, was called “One of the best non-fiction books of the year,” by The Los Angeles Times and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering,” by Newsweek. His two other monographs are Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul and Haiti: 12 January 2010.

Haviv has helped create multi-platform projects for Doctors Without Borders' DR Congo: The Forgotten War and Starved for Attention, Unicef's Child Alert for Darfur and Sri Lanka and the International Committee of the Red Cross's World at War.

His commercial clients include Ad Council, American Express, BAE, Canon USA, ESPN, IBM and Volkswagen.

Haviv is the central character in six documentary films, including National Geographic Explorer’s Freelance in a World of Risk, in which he speaks about the dangers of combat photography, including his numerous detentions and close calls. He has provided expert analysis and commentary on ABC World News, BBC, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America and The Charlie Rose Show.

Bio photo/John Stanmeyer/VII

Selected Awards

American Photography (2015-2011 2009,2008,2005,2004,2002)

Art of Photography (2012,2008,2007)

Communication Arts (2017, 2011)

Emmy Award Nomination (2012)

German Lieder Picture of the Year (1999)

Graphis (2008,2007)

IPA (2012,2011)

International Motion Art Award (2012)

Leica Medal of Excellence (1989)

Overseas Press Club Award (2001,1989)

PDN Annual (2012,2011,2006-2004,2002,2000)

Px3 (2012,2011)

Picture of the Year (2001,1995,1991,1989)

S.A.B.E.W. (2013)

World Press Photo (1991,1989)

Selected Museum Collections

Museum of Fine Arts Houston-Texas

George Eastman House- New York

Southeastern Museum of Photography-Florida

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Lost Rolls

Photoville, Brooklyn, New York (2017)

BlackEye Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2016)

Haiti: January 12, 2010

Wittenberg University, Dayton, Ohio (2012)

Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm, Sweden (2012)

Fovea Gallery, New York (2010)

VII Gallery, New York (2010)

Not in Our Name

Springfield Museum of Arts, Dayton, Ohio (2012)


Anastastia Photo, New York (2013)

Warner Gallery, Millbrook School, New York (2013)

Children of Darfur

San Francisco Mission Cultural Center (2008)

New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival (2008)

University of California, Los Angeles (2006)

The United Nations, New York (2005)

Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal

Galerija 11/07/95, Sarajevo, Bosnia (2015-2016)

War Photo Museum, Croatia (2003-2017)

South Eastern Museum of Photography, Florida (2005)

Queen’s Museum, Belfast N.Ireland (2005)

Rex Cultural House, Belgrade, Serbia (2002)

Freedom Forum, London, UK (2001)

Skopje Cultural Museum, Macedonia (2001)

Sarajevo National Gallery, Bosnia(2000)

Saba Gallery, New York (2000)

Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul

Grazia Neri, Milan, Italy (2002)

92nd Street Y, NYC (2002)

Images of War

Bayeux, France (2001)

The Council on Foreign Relations, New York (1999)

Int. Festival of Photojournalism Gijon, Spain (1999)

The Newseum, New York (1997)

Fotofusion, Palm Beach, Florida (1996)

Visa Pour L'Image, Perpignan, France (1995)

Selected Group Exhibitions

MVP by VII, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY (2016)

MVP by VII, United Nations, New York (2015)

War Photography, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, USA (2012)

I See Griffin Museum, Boston, MA (2012)

Shadow of War Maison Européene Photographie, France (2011)

Congo/Women, United Nations, NYC,USA(2010)

Questions Without Answers, Tufts University USA (2010)

Afghanistan Museum of Army Invalides, Paris, France (2010)

World At War, Newseum, Washington, D.C.,USA( 2009)

Our History Andre Malraux Center, Sarajevo (2009)

Humankind, Hasted Hunt NYC,USA(2008)

Darfur/Darfur Projections (2007-2010)

The Noorderlicht Photofestival- Act of Faith, NL(2007)

DR Congo: The Forgotten War Stephen Cohen Gallery USA (2006)

VII, Hasted Hunt NYC,USA(2005)

War Envoy, Verona, Italy (2005)

WAR, International Center of Photography, NYC ,USA(2004)

NY to Kabul, Louvre, Paris ,France (2002)


The Lost Rolls

Blurb Books (2016)

Haiti:12 January 2012

de.MO Global Leadership Tufts University (2012)

Afghanistan: On The Road To Kabul

Motta Editore/Italy de.MO/USA (2002)

Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal

Umbrage/TV Books (2000)

Selected Group Books

Questions Without Answers (2012)

Darfur/Darfur (2008)

Congo: The Forgotten War (2006)

Rethink (2004)

War (2004)

Eye of War (2004)

Shooting Under Fire (2002)

Crimes of War (1999)


The Art of War-Greek Public TV (2013)

Amazon Gold (2012)

There Is a Need for Photojournalists (2012)

Eyes of the World (2003)

Freelance in A World of Risk (2000)

The Balkans – Blood and Honey (2000)