LSi’s design team just had the pleasure of working with award-winning photographer Chris de Bode for a two-day photo shoot at the World Health Organization’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Twelve years ago, we had worked with compelling images produced by Chris to make them a centerpiece of the design for WHO’s report Preventing chronic diseases: a vital investment. A compendium of images, data, and analysis, this publication profoundly altered public health approaches to non-communicables diseases (NCDs) and led to the first-ever United Nations high-level meeting on noncommunicable disease prevention and control in September 2011. Only the AIDS epidemic had, in the past, warranted such an international commitment. And it can be traced back to the leadership and vision of global public health legend Robert Beaglehole who entrusted the production of the report to JoAnne Epping-Jordan. We would claim, of course, that its design made a small but significant contribution to its impact.
When faced with a brief for portraits to illustrate the call to eradicate hepatitis, we immediately thought of Chris. Or, rather, of his images, still vivid in our minds over a decade later. After digging up a series of posters we designed to feature his photography in The Lancet, we shot off an e-mail. He responded almost immediately, and landed in Geneva less than a week later.