The HOPE exhibition showcases a collection of work by the renowned photographer Reza and marks the beginning of a series of educational programmes that will take place in parallel with the 2012 WISE Summit, which will be held 13-15 November at the Qatar National Convention Centre. His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani, PhD, Chairman of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), launched the exhibition with the photographer.

HOPE presents 80 photographs, including three images from the latest WISE Book, Learning a Living: Radical Innovation in Education for Work, which examines the relationship between education and the world of work. The book will be launched at the upcoming WISE Summit.

The HOPE Exhibition is a retrospective of 30 years of visual narratives that, in the photographer’s words:

…Reveal the invisible boundaries where joy verges on despair, where conflict meets indulgence, but where life always triumphs. The images show that even in critical situations, men, women and children find the hope to help endure the unimaginable.

It includes 80 of Reza’s photographs and tells many stories, from the Panjshir Valley of Afghanistan to the River Amur in eastern Asia and the heights of Algeria’s Assekrem plateau.

In addition to the photo exhibition, an educational programme has been organised that includes opportunities for personal meetings with Reza and others. Activities include a guided visit of the exhibition by the photographer for students, screenings of documentaries, and a conference and debate with Reza, entitled The Power of Image for Social Change.

For more information, please visit WISE Qatar.