2011 Tim Hetherington Grant

Violentology by Stephen Ferry

This project, by American photographer Stephen Ferry, was supported by the Tim Hetherington Grant, a joint initiative of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch.

Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict documents Colombia’s internal armed conflict with a focus on human rights and the struggle of Colombian civilians to resist the violence, often at great risk to their own lives. The project also looks at the history and current dynamics of the war in Colombia, while exposing the role of the distinct parties in the conflict.

Colombia is experiencing one of the longest-running guerilla wars in the world with over 3.5 million people forced to flee the violence. Ferry saw that no comprehensive photographic work existed on the war and decided to move to Colombia. Now, after a decade of photographic fieldwork, the project will be widely distributed across three platforms: an exhibition; a book; and selected chapters in the form of booklets free of charge available as a PDF.

Download select chapters of Violentology as a PDF

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Stephen Ferry

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Stephen Ferry speaks about Violentology at TEDxCeiba

Stephen Ferry wins the first annual Tim Hetherington Grant