War Photo Limited

Showcasing the Brutality of War

War is a brutal and devastating reality that has plagued humanity for centuries. It leaves behind a trail of destruction, loss, and pain that can be felt for generations. The city of Dubrovnik in Croatia is no stranger to war, having suffered through a brutal siege during the Croatian War of Independence in the 1990s. War Photo Limited in Dubrovnik is a testament to the city’s resilience and a powerful reminder of the horrors of war.

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The History of War Photo Limited

War Photo Limited was founded in 2003 by Frederic Hanrez, a Belgium businessman and Wade Goddard, a New Zealand photojournalist who covered conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Kosovo. Goddard was drawn to the region in pursuit of a photojournalist career, and a nagging question, What leads a people to destroy another and themselves in the process? With the need not only to record the loss, the suffering, the brutality, the death and destruction of war, but also the determination to have this work seen by the general public, to bring the realities of war to the everyday person. That our collective understanding of war and its consequences is not limited to those caught in its path.

The museum is located in the heart of Dubrovnik’s old town, in a building that was once used as a granary during the 16th century. The space was renovated and transformed into a modern museum that showcases the work of world-renowned photojournalists who have covered conflicts from around the world.


Exhibits at War Photo Limited

The exhibits at War Photo Limited are a powerful and thought-provoking collection of images that capture the brutality of war. The museum has a permanent collection as well as temporary exhibits that change throughout the year. Some of the exhibits include:

Permanent collection: End of Yugoslavia

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This collect of images from the break-up of the former Yugoslavia is put together from seven separate exhibitions that were held at War Photo Limited in the past. These iconic images taken by some of the most renowned photojournalists of the time, cover the wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. Some multi-media videos also compliment this collection.

Feature exhibit:

Each year War Photo Limited presents an exhibit that’s looks at a particular conflict or theme, the present feature by photojournalist Amnon Gutman is a journey through the Ukrainian conflict from its outbreak in 2014 though to the first year of the Russian invasion in 2022. Previous feature exhibits have touched on the wars in Africa, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq. Also past conflicts as in Vietnam, Iran-Iraq. And some themed exhibits as in Child Soldier and Women War Photographers. Each of these feature exhibit has a published catalogue, many of which are available at the museum.

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Limited Edition Print Room

This room displays part of a larger collection of available prints from world renown photojournalists that documented past and ongoing global conflict for the worlds leading media organisations. All images have been printed on the highest quality papers using archival inks and have been signed by the photographers and come with a certificate of authenticity.

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The Impact of War Photo Limited

War Photo Limited has had a profound impact on the city of Dubrovnik and its visitors. The gallery provides a space for reflection and remembrance, allowing visitors to confront the harsh realities of war. The images on display are a powerful reminder of the human cost of conflict and the need for peace.

The museum also serves as a platform for dialogue and education. It hosts events and lectures that address issues related to war, conflict resolution, and human rights. The museum’s goal is to promote understanding and empathy, and to inspire action towards a more peaceful world.

The museum is open daily from 10 am to 9 pm.

The entrance fee is 10€ per person, group fee (10 or more) is 7€ and student fee is 6€.

The museum’s content is appropriate for mature audiences. Parents should use their discretion when deciding whether to bring children.

Photo credit: War Photo Limited