When do children start to become children ? Until when, are they children ? When can they use weapons ? What about equality between girls and boys? What about the right of children to have a say in decisions that influence them?
It has taken ten years to answer these questions and hundreds more. Ten years for a working group formed around the UN Centre for Human Rights, UNICEF and non-governmental organisations to draft the text of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. With this treaty, the world began to change. Lâm Duc Hiên’s photographs bear witness to this shift. From Asia to Bolivia, he has captured the smiling or bruised faces of children around the world.
Born on the banks of the Mekong, Hiên Lâm Duc has experienced camps, exile and humiliation. And then France, where he learned freedom and French.
And then another language, photography.
He has photographed children in almost every continent, bearing witness to their living conditions and defending their rights.