Robin Hammond studied photography in, New Zealand, his country of birth. His early career was spent in the United Kingdom. Later he moved to South Africa for several years, then France before returning to the UK where he is currently based.
In 2014 he founded Witness Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing human rights through visual story telling. While he continues to work for international magazines and not for profit organisations, most of his career is dedicated to amplifying narratives of marginalised groups through long term visual storytelling projects through Witness Change.
A young man is chained in Juba Central Prison. At the time this photo was taken, dozens of people living with mental health conditions were shackled and incarcerated in the prison. Juba, South Sudan
Robin has made a wide variety of photographic series from the impact of climate change on Pacific Island communities to rape used as a weapon of war in Congo and Bosnia, to food production in Africa, and cover stories for National Geographic on Race, Gender and immigration to Europe.
Since 2011 he has been producing work on mental health conditions and neurological disorders. This work has been used to influence governments and corporations to consider the rights of some of the most vulnerable members on the planet.
His work on discrimination against the LGBTQI+ community around the world, Where Love Is Illegal, started in 2014 and has now become a popular social media campaign. It has been exhibited around the world, featured in many publications including on the cover of Time Magazine and National Geographic. The work led to him addressing the United Nations in 2018 to promote a campaign to end the extrajudicial execution and torture of LGBTQI+ individuals.
Sheikh Mal. Mamman Mai Mari Qur’anic Islamic and Rehabilitation Centre in Kano City where men and boys, as young as 10 years old, are shackled for perceived or actual drug addiction, for committing or being accused of minor offences and for mental health issues. Kano, Nigeria
Most recently Robin has embarked on a project supporting refugees to tell their own stories. 1000 Dreams will be launched in June 2021.
Career recognition includes the winning of two World Press Photo prizes, the RF Kennedy Journalism Award, six Pictures of the Year International Awards, the W.Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, the recipient of six Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism and being named by Foreign Policy as one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers.”
Robin is a National Geographic Explorer and contributing photographer.