“Darfur: How Photojournalists Respond”

The term “must-see” is typically used to describe something enjoyable. But it’s also the only word to describe the heart--wrenching world-premiere exhibit “Darfur: How Photojournalists Respond,” now on view at the Holocaust Museum Houston. Thirty photos from the eight photojournalists who participated in the book Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan remind viewers not only of the current atrocities but also that horror in Darfur is nothing new. It features photos from 1988, when an estimated 250,000 Sudanese died from starvation. Others come from the early ‘90s, when a civil war made hundreds of thousands become refugees. And some are from the present day, as the disastrous rampages of the Janjaweed militias rage on.

The exhibition features the work of Olivier Jobard, who was one of the only Western photographers in Darfur in 2004; Sven Torfinn, based in Kenya; and Colin Finlay, who has been around the world 27 times looking for that single, compelling image that will urge people to take action. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through Aug-ust 17. 5401 Caroline. For information, call 713–942–8000 or visit www.hmh.org. Free.
March 13-Sept. 21, 2008

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Julia Ramey