IDSS Presents: 'Finding a Voice: Photojournalism, Activism, and the Power of Stories'

Many Somalis will take their mentally ill relative to traditional or Khoranic healers for treatment. Mogadishu, Somalia

Photo by Robin Hammond


Robin Hammond
Photojournalist and founder of Witness Change


Tuesday, October 27, 2015


12–1:00 p.m. PT


RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

About the Program

Join Robin Hammond as he shares – through his award-winning photos – his journey from a newspaper and magazine photographer to a human rights campaigner. Robin will talk about his philosophy behind using stories to move people to take action, and showcase his diverse work including sexual violence in Congo, climate change, mental health in African countries in crisis, life in Zimbabwe under Mugabe, and his recent work on homophobia and transphobia around the world.

About the Speaker

The winner in 2014 of a World Press Photo prize, the RF Kennedy Journalism Award, in 2013 of the W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, and the recipient of four Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism, Robin Hammond has dedicated his career to documenting human rights and development issues around the world through long term photographic projects. In 2013 Robin also won the FotoEvidence book award for documenting social injustice which resulted in the publication of his long term project on mental health in Africa, Condemned. The work has gone on to be exhibited around the world. In 2011 he won the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award which allowed him to continue his long-term photo project on life in Zimbabwe under the rule of Robert Mugabe. The work culminated in the publication of his first book Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence.

Hammond has made a wide variety of other photographic bodies of work 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 has been on homophobia and transphobia around the world. This social media campaign, Where Love Is Illegal, has been exhibited around the world and featured in many publications including on the cover of Time Magazine.

Hammond is the founder of Witness Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing human rights through highly visual storytelling. His work has appeared on television, online, and worldwide in magazines and newspapers. He is a National Geographic and Time Magazine contributing photographer. Hammond graduated from Massey University, New Zealand, in 2001 with an Advanced Diploma in Photography. Born in New Zealand, he has lived in Japan, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. He is currently based in Paris.

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