A child plays with pigeons among the ruins of Bhachau, India, one of the worst hit towns after the earthquake of 2001 struck the region of Gujarat. Image © Tom Stoddart/Getty Images.
"I thought it was a really good opportunity to have an exhibition when lots and lots of people are visiting the capital, and the idea was to put it in a place where there would be a huge footfall of people," Stoddart tells BJP.
More London on the South Bank will display 78 of Stoddart's black and white images, where his Eyewitness exhibition was held eight years ago.
The free, open-air exhibition could reach up to a 100,000 people a day, says Stoddart, which is a "great opportunity" as "it's very difficult to get photojournalism in front of the public". "One of the great things about having an open-air exhibition is that it's completely accessible to everyone. It's free, you can stumble upon it as you're walking along that site, so it's an amazing place to have an exhibition," Stoddart tells BJP.
The exhibition, which was created with the participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, features photos that were taken by Stoddart for the Health Care in Danger Campaign. These images present the stories of people "deprived of safe access to healthcare in situations of armed violence".
"Basically, Perspectives is about reminding people, at a time when London will be in full-on party mode, that not everyone in the world can take part in such amazing sporting events because of the circumstances they find themselves in," he says. However, Stoddart doesn't want to "spoil the party". "It's not meant to shock or disturb people – it's just meant to make them think a little more".
For more information, visit 78perspectives.com. For more information on the Health Care in Danger Campaign, visit www.icrc.org/eng/what-we-do/safeguarding-health-care.
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