Gilles Peress began working with photography in 1970, having previously studied political science and philosophy in Paris. Gilles Peress has photographed in Northern Ireland, Lebanon, Palestine, Iran, the Balkans, Rwanda, the U.S., Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel. Peress’ books include Telex Iran; The Silence: Rwanda; Farewell to Bosnia; The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar; A Village Destroyed; and Haines. He has received The Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grants, and dozens of other awards. His work is collected by major institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Peress is currently Professor of Human Rights and Photography at Bard College, NY and Senior Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley.