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What we do


We produce documentaries and photostories.

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What we do


We produce documentaries and photostories.

Visual Peacemakers was created to build bridges of peace across ethnic, cultural, and religious lines through visual communication that is both accountable to an ethical standard and created by those who authentically care about people. More »

Our Mission

Throughout history people have fallen into the trap of making enemies with, demonizing, stereotyping, and fighting the “other.” There has been a flood of conflict based on ethnic, cultural, and religious identity in the post-cold war era that has ended the lives of millions, destroyed economies, and torn apart families.

Much of this has been fueled by the growing availability of technology, especially photography and videography. While the written word carries an expectation for honesty, there is a void regarding the ethics of images due to their subjective nature. This void has opened the door for photographers to exploit people’s desire to confirm their thoughts about the “other”—mobilizing innumerable people towards slander, violence, and other fear-based responses.

Since 9/11, conflicts between Muslim cultures and western cultures have been growing in intensity. There are deep misunderstandings and stereotypes that are producing widespread fear and anger.

The International Guild of Visual Peacemakers (IGVP) was created to build bridges of peace across ethnic, cultural, and religious lines through visual communication that is both accountable to an ethical standard and created by those who authentically care about people.


In the Guild, we want… “to get past mere headlines to try to get a truer sense of who we all are. Perhaps now, more than ever, is the need to get beyond the stereotypes and dramatic images and instead allow people to tell their own stories in a humanistic way.
— Ami Vitale’s photographs have been published in major international magazines such as National Geographic, Adventure, Geo, Newsweek, Time, and Smithsonian.
I don’t want to be misunderstood, racially profiled or stereotyped. I know that my culture often is. I want to change that. And I want to change that for others who experience the same injustice through the new world of images. That’s why I’m involved with IGVP.
— Abdel Azim Elsiddig, PhD, Co-Founder, Bridges Program, Co-Founder, North American Imams Federation, & Professor of Islamic Law-Islamic American University-Chicago

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Partners


Partners

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Partners


Partners

Visual Peacemakers would like to express their deep gratitude and thanks to our partners who contribute to advancing our vision.  The following organizations have been and continue to be advocates of visual peacemaking.


Partners


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