Robin Hammond

Robin Hammond

The winner of a World Press Photo prize, the RF Kennedy Journalism Award, three Pictures of the Year International Awards, the W.Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, and the recipient of four Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism, Robin Hammond (New Zealand, 1975) has dedicated his career to documenting human rights and development issues around the world through long term photographic projects.


In 2015 Robin was named by Foreign Policy as one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers”.


Robin has published two books, both as the result of awards. First, after being awarded the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award, was his book on life in Zimbabwe under the rule of Robert Mugabe, ‘Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence.’ Secondly, his long term project on mental health in Africa, ‘Condemned,’ which was published after winning the FotoEvidence book award for documenting social injustice. His third book, ‘My Lagos’, is due for publication in July 2017.


Robin has made a wide variety of other photographic bodies from the impact of climate change on Pacific Island communities to rape used as a weapon of war in Congo and Bosnia, to the poisoning of ecosystems by multi-nationals in developing countries.


His latest work on homophobia and trans-phobia around the world, ‘Where Love Is Illegal’, has become a popular social media campaign gaining 100,000 followers in the first three months after it launched, and has been exhibited around the world and featured in many publications including on the cover of Time Magazine. It was the subject of his TEDx Talk delivered in November 2015.


Robin is the founder of Witness Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing human rights through highly visual story telling.


His work has appeared on television, online and worldwide in magazines and newspapers. He is a National Geographic and Time Magazine contributing photographer.


Born in New Zealand, Robin has lived in Japan, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. He is currently based in Paris, France.



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Syrian Refugees Working in Agriculture in Turkey

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Story by Robin Hammond / NOOR for FAO Turkey hosts more Syrian refugees than any…

the next bread basket

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Can Africa’s fertile farmland feed the world? Robin Hammond travels through six sub-Saharan African…

the new europeans: somalis in sweden

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There are approximately 40,000 Somali-born immigrants living in Sweden, as well as over 17,000…

the new europeans: algerians in france

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The migration from colonised Algeria to France was the earliest and the most extensive…

the new europeans: south asians in the united kingdom

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British Asians are persons of Asian descent who reside in the United Kingdom and…

the new europeans: syrians in germany

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After the Second World War, Germany encouraged immigration to supply labour to support its…

nine lives

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At nine, Lokamu Lopulmoe, a Turkana girl living in rural Kenya, already knows that…

where love is illegal: jamaica

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Jamaica is one of 76 countries where same-sex acts between men are illegal. The…

where love is illegal: tunisia

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The Tunisian Revolution, also known as the Jasmine Revolution, was an intensive campaign of…

the new europeans

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Indians in Britain, Algerians in France, Somalis in Sweden- for National Geographic, Robin Hammond travelled…

your wounds will be named silence

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The western world is accustomed to tales of barbarism committed against the peoples of…

rape, a weapon of war

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In the Democratic Republic of Congo, as many as 500,000 women and children have…