Robin shares images of those now living outside the walls of what was once the Balkan's largest mental health institution.
Robin Hammond speaks to World Press Photo about how he sees his role as a photographer and explains to why the image of Hellen was so significant. Robin met Hellen in Juba, South Sudan and his image of her was awarded second prize, singles in the WPP's People category.
The 2014 POYi World Understanding Award has been given to Robin Hammond's project CONDEMNED which documents mental health in African countries in crisis. The book CONDEMNED was also a finalist in the Best Photography Book category. Robin's portraits from Lagos also received an Award of Excellence.
Send CONDEMNED, the book, to someone who can make a difference on this issue - a person with power. There are some organisations working hard with few resources to help people with mental disability in African countries in crisis. You can help them.
A short video of an interview and lecture given by Robin Hammond to Columbia University about his project on mental health in African countries in crisis
Continuing his work documenting mental health in African countries in crisis, Robin went to Liberia to investigate the ongoing psychological impact of war on the young men and women who fought as children in the country's civil wars. This work was made possible with the support of The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
The 2013 FotoEvidence Book Award brought projects from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas documenting assaults on human dignity from around the world. There is no shortage of people living under conditions of great injustice but the work submitted for the 2013 FotoEvidence Book Award shows that dedicated photographers everywhere are working to bring this to light and inspire change. We are proud to publish and disseminate the selected projects, which we feel demonstrate the courage and commitment of documentary photographers in pursuit of social justice. Continue Reading →
Where there is war, famine, displacement, it is the most vulnerable that suffer the greatest.
Abandoned by governments, forgotten by the aid community, neglected and abused by entire societies. Africans with mental illness in regions in crisis are resigned to the dark corners of churches, chained to rusted hospital beds, locked away to live behind the bars of filthy prisons.
Some have suffered trauma leading to illness. Others were born with mental disability. In countries where infrastructure has collapsed and mental health professionals have fled, treatment is often the same – a life in chains.Read More...