UN through the Marco Grob´s lens: Making of Afghanistan mine action service portraits

4/23/2014 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments


The real true is that every month 40 people are killed or injured by landmines and explosive remnants of war in Afghanistan.

UN News Center explains this project:

The renowned photographer Marco Grob travelled to Afghanistan in February of 2011 to document survivors of mines and the work of MACCA and UNMAS. He visited a minefield, witnessed clearance activities, met with survivors and toured a school where students are taught about mines.

Mr. Grob’s images are being released today as the UN marks the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. He spoke with the UN News Centre about his impressions from his trip. ( original post )

This is the lighting setup:





Since 2010, Marco has been working passionately and with great dedication for United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in order to report and educate about the global tragedy caused by 100 million landmines which inflict terror and pain around the world.



A few weeks ago we shared two videos filmed by Marco in 2014 you can watch here: Meet Betty: A short film for the UN Mine Action Service narrated by Daniel Craig via Marco Grob

Marco send us some exclusive pictures about this humanitarian project. All photos by Celeste Sloman (website)

In ghadafis house after a air strike of french airforce:





Our studio in Timbuktou:






Travels with the german air force and the russian un planes and armoured cars:


Everything was filmed with the Black Magic 2.5


Filming of the opening sequence..at 5 o'clock in Timbuktou


Marco has not problems with locations, in this case with an IMPROVISED STUDIO




In this interview with Marco on CNN ( read full interview here) , he explains why he is involved in this project.

“Someone who heard me at dinner told other people, who told other people,” Grob said, and eventually he found himself in Afghanistan photographing victims and workers for the United Nations Mine Action Service.

“I’m painfully aware there’s not too much I can do about this as a photographer,” Grob said. “But the one thing I can do is to help raise awareness about the situation. To show the world the faces and to make their names known.”
Marco Grob | All images © Celeste Sloman
Thanks a lot Marco for sharing this project and to provide inspiration for all of us.

More inspiration

Marco Grob ( website) |  Celeste Sloman (website)


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