Helvetas is the largest Swiss development organization. I regularly visit their projects around the world for photos, reports and fundraising material. Here you will find all the stories that I've photographed and written for the organisation's magazine Partnerschaft and other publications.
Ruedi Lüthy Foundation.
In 2003, the renowned Swiss AIDS specialist Ruedi Lüthy founded the Newlands Clinic for people living with AIDS and HIV in Harare, Zimbabwe. I regularly visit the clinic and its patients to collect fundraising material and general pictures and videos.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières MSF.
On behalf of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), I visited the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, the largest refugee camp in the world. Since 2017, almost one million people have been living in an area where there used to be large forests and a few small villages. It is a challenging situation not only for the refugees, but also for the people who have been living there for a long time.
I visited Ukraine several times before Russia started attacking the country in 2022. Among other things, I produced two online stories in 2015 and 2019. While on my first visit I had the impression that the young country was in a difficult search for its own identity, my impression in 2019 was that it was beginning to break free from the difficult post-Soviet years.
The aim of the Biovision Foundation is to improve the lives of people in Africa in a sustainable way and at the same time to protect the environment as the basis of all life. For its 20th anniversary, Biovision commissioned me to produce a calendar with photos and reports.
In my book Japan - Abseits von Kirschblüten und Kimono (Japan - Beyond Cherry Blossoms and Kimono) I show Japan in a way that is different from the way a tourist might explore the country. It is a very personal Japan with many intimate images and stories.
Book New Silk Road.
For my latest photojournalistic book Die neue Seidenstrasse - Chinas Weg zur Weltmacht, I travelled along the New Silk Road from Shanghai in China to Western Europe. With more than 250 photos and many in-depth stories about the different countries I visited, the book gives a deep insight into the gigantic Chinese infrastructure project, officially called The Belt and Road Initiative.
When I was traveling through Japan for my book Japan - Abseits von Kirschblüten und Kimono, Swiss public television SRF accompanied me to produce a documentary about my encounters in Japan. You can find the three full-length episodes here.Office: Patrick Rohr Kommunikation GmbH
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