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Imagine : Reflections on peace

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IMAGINE, REFLECTIONS ON PEACE explores the conditions and consequences of peace in post conflict societies, in Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, and Colombia. Leading photographers and journalists of war returned to those countries where they first reported during conflict. Eyewitnesses, lawyers, negotiators and survivors who lived through war and peace add their voices to the project.

All together they examine what lessons can be learned from the peace that was brokered in these nations, how peace has endured over time. This beautifully designed and bound book offers a rare and fascinating glimpse into the unvarnished story of peace and a window into what it takes for societies and individuals to move forward after unspeakable brutality.

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When battlefield prowess and political manipulation are not enough to achieve peace through victory, we summon our best and brightest to negotiate an end; we celebrate peace settlements; and we give prizes, if not to victors, then to visionaries. We exalt peace as a human achievement, and justly so. But the rewards of peace are elusive for the men and women who live in the post-conflict societies of our time. Why is it so difficult to make a good peace when it is so easy to imagine? That is the question behind Imagine: Reflections on Peace.

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“These searing images and moving essays teach us much about the lessons of history, the costs of war, and the overlooked challenges of achieving lasting peace. The honesty and introspection of the contributors also reminds us that the gaps that exist between peoples can be bridged; wounds can be healed; hatreds can be dissolved; and the once unthinkable can become reality—if there is a willingness to pursue dialogue and embrace our common humanity. Imagine: Reflections on Peace is a timely and important call to action.” — Ex-Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright


“For anyone who has consumed narratives of war and violence, who has gazed into the whirlpools of history, who craves beautiful writing and life-changing images, Imagine is an essential book.”
— Mark Danner, author of Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War

“This magnificent collection of photography and narrative gives us a searing portrayal of war-torn places in the aftermath of violence. The result is a stirring meditation on peace as an unfinished project, precariously poised between memory and forgiveness.”
— Michael J. Sandel Political Philosopher, Harvard University, and author of Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?


“Powerful, persuasive and forensic, this book will open your eyes, challenge your assumptions, and deepen your understanding of war and the people who survive it. At a time when more people are displaced by war and oppression today than at any period since the Second World War, this book calls for a new generation of negotiators to step forward.” — Angelina Jolie UNHCR Special Envoy


“The major problem with war is that those who engage in it do not usually appreciate all the consequences. They rejoice at the ease of destruction, forgetting the difficulties of construction. The strength of this book is that it allows us to go beyond the dialectic of passion and reason, opening up a path for us: to fight war, we must actually imagine it. Thanks Imagine : Reflections on Peace. ”
— Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former French Prime Minister, President of the Leaders for Peace NGO.

“There are no good wars but there is bad peace. This book is unique in that it brings together perspectives on the return to peace from all continents. It illuminates them with striking photographs, many of which are in the blurred zone between war and peace. Imagine: Reflections on Peacethus perfectly illustrates the fragile and complex nature of socio-political transitions, but also the joys of a return to normalcy. ”
– Bruno Tertrais, Deputy Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research.


« Sur 400 pages, des récits percutants, des témoignages bouleversants, des reportages et analyses brillants pour nous accompagner dans la compréhension de situations très complexes. Le tout lancé, nourri et rythmé par 200 photos de l’époque de la guerre et d’aujourd’hui. » Lire l'article complet >

«  Nous, photographes, sommes des passeurs d’histoires et nous œuvrons à mettre les puissants face à leurs responsabilités, peu importent la manière et le média. […] » Lire l'article complet >

Essays by :

Jon Lee Anderson
Martin Fletcher
Elvis Garibovic
Justice Richard Goldstone
Philip Gourevitch
Elizabeth D. Herman
Chris Klatell et Gilles Peress
Gary Knight
Predrag Peđa Kojović
Anthony Loyd
Margarita Martinez
Monica McWilliams
Avila Kilmurray
Padraig O’Malley
Marie O’Reilly
Jonathan Powell
Samantha Power
Mira Sidawi
Sophary Sophin
Jon Swain
Dydine Umunyana
Robin Wright

Photographers :

Stephen Ferry
Ron Haviv
Gary Knight
Don McCullin
Roland Neveu
Gilles Peress
Jack Picone
Nichole Sobecki
Nicole Tung

Exhibition at Prix Bayeux des correspondants de guerre, November 2020

Weight N/A
Dimensions 17 × 24 cm
Number of pages


Number of photos

200 black & white and colors photos.



Printing Location

Printed in France


VII Foundation – Hemeria

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  1. Ana Rita (verified owner)

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  2. Constance Fay (verified owner)

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    It is a very important work. We are including a discussion of this work in the UN sponsored Peace festival in Honoka’a.

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  3. Constance Fay (verified owner)

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    This is a very important account of reconciliation efforts. We are using it for our annual Read for Peace group; part of the town celebration of International Peace Day.

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  4. Annie Boulat

    Un ouvrage remarquable de par sa présentation et l’intelligence de ses propos. Les témoignages des journalistes sont très émouvants bien que souvent déprimants par le constat d’échec dans la réalisation de la Paix. Les photos apportent un plus non négligeable de par leur qualité et l’intensité de ce qu’elles nous montrent. L’ensemble est réellement très réussi et vaut la peine d’être non pas feuilleté mais lu attentivement même si je doute qu’il puisse servir à changer l’Homme. En tout cas bravo pour ce travail qui nous aide à mieux comprendre les tenants et les aboutissants.

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  5. Philip Napoli (verified owner)

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    Beautiful book.

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