The authors

Giacomo Pirozzi is an Italian photographer. Trained as a sociologist, he became a professional photographer in 1990, working for UNICEF and other development agencies. He lived in the Ivory Coast, Kenya and South Africa for 17 years and has travelled and photographed in 105 countries in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, and Africa. Prior books include: C’est ma taille qui m’a sauvé (My Height Saved Me) , 1997, on recovery processes for children following the Rwandan genocide, and Children of Africa , 1999. Pirozzi also created a methodology to introduce photography to children living in poverty or distress, and has led many child photography workshops for UNICEF in diverse countries. He is represented by Panos Pictures, London, and presently lives in Tuscany, Italy.

Mia Farrow is an internationally acclaimed actress, humanitarian activist and dedicated spokesperson for the world’s dispossessed and marginalized, especially children. She was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in September 2000. As a powerful advocate for children, she campaigns tirelessly for their rights around the world, with a special focus on children affected by armed conflict. Ms. Farrow has worked extensively to raise funds and awareness for children whose lives have been affected by violence in countries such as Angola, Chad, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Nigeria and Sudan.

Ellen Tolmie , a Canadian, has directed UNICEF’s global photography operations since 1992 and is presently Senior Photography Editor and Deputy Chief of the Internet, Broadcast and Image Section. She has edited a large portion of UNICEF’s photographs acquired since 1990; edited and co-written numerous photo essays for www.unicef.org; developed UNICEF’s policies on photography; and contributed to several photography books and forums. Prior to joining UNICEF, she worked as a documentary photographer in Canada, Colombia and the United States. She lives in New York City.


I strongly believe that there can be no concessions about our commitment to child rights.
May this book be a call to action, inspiring us to work with tireless energy to see it fully honoured and its sphere of influence expanded to embrace all children, everywhere.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow