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A sequence of images of French police boarding the VEGA and beating up McTaggart. In August 1973, the Vega sails into the zone the French government has declared a prohibited area. On 15 August the yacht is boarded by a French navy commando. Nigel Ingram and David McTaggart are beaten up and injured. Ann-Marie Horne manages to take pictures of the attack and smuggle them off the ship

On 15 September 1971, the Greenpeace, a ship called Greenpeace, set sail on a fifty-year-old voyage to confront and end US nuclear weapons testing at Amchitka in south Alaska.

Two years later, a small boat named the Vega was launched by Ann-Marie Horne and Mary Horne. It sailed into the French nuclear testing site at Moruroa in the southern Pacific Ocean. Photographers have been using their images for many years to promote situations around the globe. Greenpeace, a young organization pioneering a new type of activism, was the first to realize that taking photos of what they were seeing and doing was vital in their work.

A sequence of images of French police boarding the VEGA and beating up McTaggart. In August 1973, the Vega sails into the zone the French government has declared a prohibited area. On 15 August the yacht is boarded by a French navy commando. Nigel Ingram and David McTaggart are beaten up and injured. Ann-Marie Horne manages to take pictures of the attack and smuggle them off the ship

French commandos boarded Vega and attacked McTaggart, Ingram. Ann-Marie Horne managed to capture a few shots in the chaos and was able smuggle the film of the incident from her vagina. The pictures showed the commandos with knives and truncheons. The story and photos were therefore sensational news, fueling the nuclear testing debate.

Greenpeace pledged to take photographs of everything it did after the Vega incident. It quickly learned how emotive images can be powerful and powerful. This brought the world the shocking scenes of seal pups being hunted and the inspiring images of activists standing up for whaling ships.

Activists in protective suits painting Amazon Crime! in white paint on the freighter MV Enif ship which was loaded with timber from Brazil. The activists are painting the side of the ship from an inflatable.

  • Amazon Crime! Activists wearing protective suits In white paint on the freighter, MV Enif, which was loaded with timber from Brazil in Hamburg Germany, 2000. Photograph: Fred Dott

In the mid-1980s, the rapidly-growing organization began to take seriously photography. They needed a communications division that could professionally handle the growing archive negatives and film rushes stored on office floors. Plus, a space to house state-of-the art image technology.

London was home to a film production area, a picture desk, and a darkroom. There was equipment from early AP Leefax transmitters to cutting-edge teletext machines for breaking news updates. A small, dedicated team was responsible for film processing, printing, editing and captioning as well as cataloging.

Greenpeace activists disrupt coal loading at the worlds largest coal port

  • Greenpeace activists stop coal loading at Newcastle, New South Wales’ largest coal port. 2005. Photograph: Richard Green

Images of Greenpeace would appear frequently on Reuters, AP, and the BBC. A core group of Greenpeace photographers was formed. These professionals were professionals in the field with empathy for Greenpeace ethics. They were mentally equipped to handle the hardships posed by the ambitious campaigns.

Greenpeace activists swim with buoys in front of the Finnish icebreaker Nordica in the Baltic Sea close to Fehmarn Island. They are protesting against the ship heading for Shells Arctic oil drilling project in the north of Alaska. A sign on the buoy with an altered Shell logo reads Stop Shell.
University of Miami students and Florida residents demonstrate their support for clean energy legislation by holding pinwheels at an electrical substation near campus just before President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry met on campus in the first debate of the campaign season, 2004
Burning in the Jamanxim APA (Environmental Protection Area) in the city of Novo Progresso, Par state, 2019
Dr Kirsten Thompson, lead scientist on the Arctic Sunrise takes water samples for eDNA sampling near Paulet Island in the entrance of the Weddell Sea, Antarctica, during the Antarctic leg of the Pole to Pole expedition, 2020

As the organisation grew, new national offices were opened around the globe to produce images for their national media in different styles and culturally sensitive formats. With two to three photographers sometimes being commissioned for one event, actions became more ambitious and grander.

The digital revolution has brought about a resurgence in the photo industry over 20 years. Many small agencies have failed to adapt to the new media landscape created by the overuse and saturation of photos on the internet. The viewer has the opportunity to learn more about the topic, be brought closer to the truth, interact with the story, and take part in it. Climate change, extreme weather and human displacement can all be directly connected to environmental issues, and these are the subjects of intense debate.

Adult brown pelicans wait in a holding pen to be cleaned by volunteers at the Fort Jackson International Bird Rescue Research Center in Buras

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  • After the Deepwater Horizon disaster in Louisiana 2010, adult brown pelicans wait in a pen to be cleaned by volunteers from the Fort Jackson International Bird Rescue Research Center, Buras. Photograph: Daniel Beltr

All distribution portals are covered by the Greenpeace picture desks worldwide, including its relationships with global wire agencies and established social networks such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Despite the fact that digital photography has evolved over the past 50 years of Greenpeace, the basic principle of photo activism has not changed. The photographer captures the event in a way that is both controversial and unique. Then, a strategic decision is made about when and how the story should be released to the public.

Through the dedication to critical ecological campaigning and the bravery of activists, professionalism of photographers, discerning communicators, and the careful preservation Images of organisations.

Greenpeace, the pioneer of photo activism, has maintained its core values of exposing injustice in the environment through its imagery for 50 years.

A man attempts to rescue two oil firefighters, Zhang Liang and Han Xiaoxiong, struggling in thick oil slick, 2010

  • A man tries to rescue two oil firefighters, Zhang Liang & Han Xiaoxiong. They were trapped in thick oil slicks at Dalian, China in 2010. Lu Guang

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