The photographer geneva Jean Mohr died

Cultural artist, known for his work on the war and migrants, had 93 years.

Le photographe genevois Jean Mohr est décédé

John Mohr in 2017, during one of his exhibitions.

A major figure of the culture of geneva and the swiss has gone this weekend. The photographer Jean Mohr died Saturday at the hospital, announced this Sunday – “The Time”. Humanist, best known for his stories of war and its work on migrants, Jean Mohr had. It was swept away by a cancer.

The future photographer was born in Geneva in 1925 to German parents arrived in the City of Calvin in 1919. A graduate in economics and social sciences of the University of Geneva, the young man undertakes as delegate of the Red Cross and then to the Office of the United Nations agency for Palestine refugees. This experience will influence his career.

Back in Europe, he studied painting in Paris before turning to photography in the early 1950s. He then worked as a press photographer, including for the “Tribune de Genève”.

Great traveller, he works with many NGOS. He directed the books to the sides of the writer John Berger.

Seeking to seize the moment which encapsulates the situation, Jean Mohr is often regarded as a humanist, using his art to raise awareness about the lives of exiles and migrants. Without seeking the image of shock, he gives an account of dramatic situations in terms of daily life.

Married in 1956 to Simone Turrettini, Jean Mohr had two sons, Michel and comedian, writer and director Patrick Mohr.


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