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Presidio Officers’ Club Exhibition Hall
San Francisco, California

July 16 – August 17, 2019
Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


About the Exhibit

Presented by the American Red Cross Bay Area and the Presidio Trust, 145 Years of Red Cross Photography: A Memory of Humanity features photographs selected from the archives of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva.

The International Committee for the Red Cross was founded in 1863, born at a time when photography was emerging as a means to document history. As the Red Cross grew throughout the world, its humanitarian workers collected what they and others in the field were seeing on film, presenting an emotionally powerful testament that visitors can experience through the more than 80 photographs chosen for this exhibit. The exhibit begins with photographs from the battlefields of Solferino, Italy in the mid-19th century and continues on to document medical facilities, orphanages, refugee camps and POWs from countless conflicts, including the current war in Iraq.

The exhibition began its worldwide tour in Boston earlier this year and concludes the U.S. leg with its visit to San Francisco, the only location in California to feature the exhibit. The exhibit will be traveling next to St. Petersburg, Russia.

sample photos

Sponsorship opportunities are available to help provide support for the exhibit. If you are interested in learning how your company can get involved, please contact Sharlyn Kerr, American Red Cross Bay Area, at (415) 427-8182 or kerrsh@usa.redcross.org

Note: Due to the nature of this exhibit, it is recommended that children under the age of 12 years old be accompanied by an adult.