Three Minutes to Midnight

Short film for the Musée de l’Elysee, from photo essay on the Conference on Disarmament. The essay was awarded the Prix Nicholas Bouvier 2016, and received a Swiss Press Photo award for 2015. The Conference on Disarmament, the only standing…

Three Minutes to Midnight

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Short film for the Musée de l’Elysee, from photo essay on the Conference on Disarmament. The essay was awarded the Prix Nicholas Bouvier 2016, and received a Swiss Press Photo award for 2015.

The Conference on Disarmament, the only standing multi-lateral body for negotiating disarmament treaties, blocked and in crisis. A long running symbol of diplomatic failure. Meeting at the United Nations in Geneva.

Over 70 years after the first nuclear bombs were dropped, the world is in the most precarious situation in decades – at 3 minutes to midnight on the Doomsday Clock. The Conference on Disarmament is one of the principal forums to deal with this situation. Rather than doing so, it is sunk in failure, unable even to agree a program of world for the last 19 years. Still the meetings go on, week after week, year after year, an exercise in diplomatic failure for some, an essential structure for keeping all parties at the table for others. Meanwhile the clock keeps ticking, with over 10,000 armed nuclear warheads in position somewhere in the world

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