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Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

This image could have been shot at the Kennedy Space Center in the mid-1960s, if it was not for the laptop and cellphone giving it away. As a documentary photographer, one has got to cherish – and hang on to – historical artifacts which tell the story of a place, and...

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

In September 2021, the International Geneva community – just like the rest of the world – was still adjusting to the ‘new normal’ of the post-COVID-19 era. Events and conferences were mostly taking place online but in cases where they did not, everyone had to social...

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

Institutions and causes are larger than the individuals who serve them.  At times, emblems can be strategically placed to remind people of this.

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

If a conference were a piece of music, it would be a symphony.  Most of the hard work is done in composing and rehearsing. Nerves are increasingly on edge as the opening night approaches. It opens with the percussion instruments setting the pace, before the rest...

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

What goes through the mind of a young student who grew up in a refugee camp in Rwanda when he is about to address hundreds of delegates at a large-scale conference in Geneva? What has his journey been to reach this point?  What does the future hold for...

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

Room XVIII of the Palais des Nations is the only one of the four large conference rooms of the E Building that has not been renovated to date.  Its architecture is a testimony to the atmosphere that its creators wanted to create when they designed the room in the...

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

Shot over four years ago (pre-Covid and a lifetime in technological terms) this photograph speaks to the nexus of tradition, modernity and innovation.  Looking forward, there is still a lot to be learned in terms of how digital tools (i.e. social media, online...

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

A good visual story usually requires charismatic characters set in photogenic locations, under an eye-catching light.  The infamous ‘Salle des Pas Perdus’ of the Palais des Nations provides just that. When the early morning sun passes through its massive vertical...

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

Contrasts, lines, shapes, colors and layers.  As a documentary photographer, approaching a story visually sometimes comes first, before the themes and the narrative can emerge from the substance you have created.  In the case of Geneva’s international scene,...

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Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

This image could have been shot at the Kennedy Space Center in the mid-1960s, if it was not for the laptop and cellphone giving it away. As a documentary photographer, one has got to cherish – and hang on to – historical artifacts which tell the story of a place, and...

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

In September 2021, the International Geneva community – just like the rest of the world – was still adjusting to the ‘new normal’ of the post-COVID-19 era. Events and conferences were mostly taking place online but in cases where they did not, everyone had to social...

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

Institutions and causes are larger than the individuals who serve them.  At times, emblems can be strategically placed to remind people of this.

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

If a conference were a piece of music, it would be a symphony.  Most of the hard work is done in composing and rehearsing. Nerves are increasingly on edge as the opening night approaches. It opens with the percussion instruments setting the pace, before the rest...

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

What goes through the mind of a young student who grew up in a refugee camp in Rwanda when he is about to address hundreds of delegates at a large-scale conference in Geneva? What has his journey been to reach this point?  What does the future hold for...

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

Room XVIII of the Palais des Nations is the only one of the four large conference rooms of the E Building that has not been renovated to date.  Its architecture is a testimony to the atmosphere that its creators wanted to create when they designed the room in the...

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

Shot over four years ago (pre-Covid and a lifetime in technological terms) this photograph speaks to the nexus of tradition, modernity and innovation.  Looking forward, there is still a lot to be learned in terms of how digital tools (i.e. social media, online...

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

A good visual story usually requires charismatic characters set in photogenic locations, under an eye-catching light.  The infamous ‘Salle des Pas Perdus’ of the Palais des Nations provides just that. When the early morning sun passes through its massive vertical...

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

Contrasts, lines, shapes, colors and layers.  As a documentary photographer, approaching a story visually sometimes comes first, before the themes and the narrative can emerge from the substance you have created.  In the case of Geneva’s international scene,...

Chronicles of everyday diplomacy

The UN is often referred to as an entity in itself, operating autonomously of its own volition.  The fact that the organization is, in essence, an international one, not a supranational one, is often overlooked.  On that premise, is it meant to respond to...

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