Champions of Tolerance

The Champions & the Art of Tolerance Project by Hubertus Hoffmann – in cooperation with Tom Lemke and Esra Rotthoff – presents portraits of well-known people and the unsung, hidden champions from different cultures around the world. Three photos in black and white are combined as triptychons.

Along with individual stories, they demonstrate that a better world with more tolerance and respect is possible.

All over the globe.

Step by step.

With courage and strong individual engagement.

Our friend, Berlin-based star photographer Tom Lemke (photo), passed away in April 2017.

We will remember this unique photo-artist, his cool style and eye for the personality inside the people, combined with an open heart und interest for the art of tolerance.

The Champions of Tolerance are beacons of humanity on our planet who long to share their developed art of tolerance with us. From every corner of the earth they say: Wake up! Join us, promoting tolerance with your small steps, and the world will be as one!

The portraits include the four Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi and Shimon Peres, as well as Pope Francis, Ismail Khatib, Wajeeh Y. Nusseibeh, William Shomali, Ehud Barak, Robi Damelin, People in the Holy Land, The Parents Circle, Yael Armanet Chernobroda, Zeev Rotstein, Prince Asfa Wossen Asserate, Archbishop Alfons Nossol, Ai Wei Wei, Elizabeth II, Yusuf Islam, Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, and Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

We took photos in 2014 together with Tom Lemke and interviewed the Dalai Lama twice regarding the importance of tolerance in August 2011 and June 2014. His advice:

“Be relaxed and self-confident. Accept that all people are different and have their own ways with or without God.”

His Holiness Pope Francis

Tom Lemke and Hubertus Hoffmann met the Pope at Ben Gurion Airport in June 2014 and took photos at his welcome ceremony during his historical first tour in the Holy Land.

His credo:

“We can bring about an unprecedented age of peace, all we need to achieve such a state is respect each other’s beliefs, for we are all children of God regardless of the name we choose to address him by.

God loves you, so different human beings- love each other!

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