New exhibit to feature Buffett photography

40 Chances

Photographer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett meets with children receiving food aid at a school in Tajikistan. On Sept. 18, 2015, the Newseum will open “40 Chances,” an exhibit of Buffett’s photos chronicling the world hunger crisis. (Photo courtesy Howard W. Buffett)

On Sept. 18, 2015, the Newseum will unveil the new exhibit “40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World — The Photography of Howard G. Buffett,” featuring 40 of Buffett’s photos documenting the world hunger crisis as part of a global awareness campaign. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 3, 2016.

Traveling to more than 135 countries, Buffett turned his camera lens on the powerful forces that fuel hunger and poverty. A philanthropist and farmer, Buffett believes that each of us has about 40 chances to accomplish our life goals, just as farmers have about 40 growing seasons to improve their harvests. His work is a call to action to find lasting solutions to these global challenges.

“Photojournalism plays a crucial role in capturing the world around us and sharing that information with others,” said Buffett. “As the world’s premier institution for exhibiting photojournalism, the Newseum is the perfect place to share these photographs with a wider audience.”

The photographs in “40 Chances” illustrate the causes and effects of hunger on five continents and reflect Buffett’s belief that hunger is intertwined with poverty, fear, war and conflict, and lack of opportunity for women. The exhibit also includes an original Newseum film featuring Buffett and his work, as well as an interactive kiosk highlighting organizations that are working to combat hunger.

“Buffett’s photographs illuminate the stark truth that hunger and malnutrition are the biggest threats to health and education in the world,” said Cathy Trost, senior vice president of exhibits and programs at the Newseum. “Photojournalism has the power to make a difference in the world by compelling us not only to look, but to act.”

The exhibit also highlights images by Heidi Levine, winner of the International Women’s Media Foundation’s first Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, dedicated to the Associated Press photographer who was killed in Afghanistan in 2014 after a career covering global issues. Levine, a freelance photojournalist, has spent her career covering conflict in the Middle East. The Howard G. Buffett Foundation works with the International Women’s Media Foundation to support the work of journalists reporting on hunger, poverty and violence around the globe.

“40 Chances” is presented in partnership with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the International Women’s Media Foundation.

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