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iWITNESS: A Retrospective Photographic Exhibition by Tom Stoddart

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:57
  1. Sally Hargreaves, journalist (
  1. London

    Amounted text at the entrance to British photojournalist Tom Stoddart's latest exhibition states, “It is sad and unnecessary that any of these photos exist.” This powerful selection of Stoddart's often harrowing images—designed to mark the 40th anniversary of the Disasters Emergency Committee—is a personal view of someone who has observed the major humanitarian and health emergencies of the past decade at first hand; and is adamant that these events are not forgotten.

    Stoddart, who has worked for international magazines such as Time and Newsweek, and British newspaper the Sunday Times, has captured those moments in which unutterable misery meets human courage, strength, and compassion. His pictures rarely need explanation—for example, the image of disoriented and frightened people helping each other as …

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