The Photographer Photographed: A Conversation with Jean Mohr


  • Reuben Connolly Ross Universidade Católica Portuguesa



The Swiss photographer Jean Mohr, who died in November 2018 at the age of 93, is well known for his long career documenting the plight of the displaced and dispossessed. Especially noteworthy are his collaborations with major intellectual figures, through which he experimented with the construction of visual narratives. His celebrated books with John Berger include *A Fortunate Man*, an intimate portrait of an English country doctor, and A Seventh Man, a meditation on migrant labour in 1970s Europe; with Edward Said, he published After the Last Sky, a reflection on Palestinian life through the fusion of text and photography. Partially based on a short interview conducted with Mohr in early 2018, this paper reflects on his life and work, taking the reader on a journey mediated by our conversation. In particular, I explore the development of his unique approach to photography and the experimental construction of visual narratives. In so doing, I argue that Mohr’s work offers social scientists, particularly those engaged in studying processes of migration or zones of conflict, ways of constructing more effective, more engaged, and more experiential accounts of complex social realities.

Author Biography

Reuben Connolly Ross, Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Ross, Reuben has a background in Film Studies and Visual Anthropology. His work explores diverse issues of urban and visual culture, with a particular focus on the consequences of transnational migration and the challenges of living in a global capitalist economy. He is also a doctoral student at The Lisbon Consortium, part of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, where his research examines the histories of super-diverse streets in selected global cities; visual research methods are central to his work.


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How to Cite

Ross, R. C. (2022). The Photographer Photographed: A Conversation with Jean Mohr. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 13(2), 23–45.