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Robin Hammond, originally from New Zealand, is a freelance photojournalist. He has been a member of the Panos photo agency since 2007.

Four-times winner of Amnesty International Media awards for human rights journalism, he has had the opportunity to visit more than 50 countries since the start of his career, portraying the dramatic living conditions of people across the world, and the lack of respect for our planet.

Having lived in Japan, the UK and South Africa, Robin Hammond currently lives in Paris. He previously spent eight years in the UK, collaborating on numerous international publications and working for different non-governmental organisations.

New Zealander. Born in 1975 in New Zealand. Lives and works in Paris, France. Website


Chapelle des Beaux-arts de Paris
14 rue de Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
9 November - 9 December 2012
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm
The exhibition will also be open on Sunday 6 November from 3 pm to 7 pm
Free admission

ZIMBABWE, your wounds will be named silence by Robin Hammond

"ZIMBABWE, your wounds will be named silence"

is published by Actes Sud

Bilingual publication in English/French


Chaired by Susan Meiselas, president of the Magnum Foundation in New York, the panel of judges for the 3rd annual award comprises :

  • Massimo Berruti, documentary photographer, winner of the 2010 Carmignac Gestion photojournalism award 2010
  • Sophie Bouillon, journalist, Albert Londres Prize 2009
  • Christian Caujolle, journalist, curator and founder of VU' agency and gallery
  • Philippe Guionie, documentary photographer, Roger Pic Prize 2008
  • Françoise Huguier, photographer, curator of Photoquai 2011
  • Yacouba Konaté, professor at the University of Abidjan and art critic
  • Alessandra Mauro, artistic director of the International Photography Centre in Milan
  • Patrick de Saint Exupéry, editor in chief of the magazine XXI
Mugabe poster (1)
Mugabe poster

Robin Hammond’s report [Extract]

On the 18th of April this year Zimbabwe celebrated 32 years of Independence. The reality though is that few were rejoicing. The freedom that was promised three decades earlier has become oppression, the democracy blacks fought a war and died for turned into dictatorship, and independence from 100 years of colonial rule turned into enslavement to a brutal regime.

With the support of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award, this is what I went to Zimbabwe to document – 32 years of a country in violent decline. I travelled extensively over the months I was there. Constantly I had to stay one step ahead of informants, police, intelligence officers and the so-called war veterans who had become beneficiaries of the Mugabe government. On two occasions the officials caught up with me. I spent 26 days in prison and was eventually deported and declared a "Prohibited Immigrant". [...]

Click here to read the full article of Robin Hammond (Press Kit, PDF)

Rosepina (2)
Portrait (3)
Bulawayo (4)

(1) Mugabe poster

A poster on the wall of a block of flats in Mbare. Robert Mugabe celebrated his 88th birthday this year. He has been in power since the country gained independence in 1980. Zimbabwe's first high-density suburb, Mbare, was established in 1907. It was originally called Harare Township, a name later used for the capital city itself. Harare is a corruption of Haarari, meaning 'One who never sleeps'. To accommodate men coming to the capital for work, the council built Matapi flats and Mbare hostels. They would work for a few days at a time and then return to their families in the rural areas. Today those flats are dilapidated and severely overcrowded. Many rooms are occupied by two or three families. The area was the centre of a lethal cholera outbreak in 2008. Significant portions of Mbare's 'informal' structures were destroyed by police and military forces during the operation Murambatsvina in May 2005. It has been one of the most politically volatile areas in the country. The notorious mafia-like Chipangano gang, a ZANU PF aligned militia, patrol the suburb extracting bribes and intimidating residents, especially around election time. Mbare has become synonymous with diseases, fear, crime and political violence. 

(2) Rosepina

HIV positive Rosepina, 56, is cared for by her 26-year old daughter Priscella. In 1997, Zimbabwe's HIV epidemic peaked with 26.5% of the population being HIV+. By 2011 the estimated prevalence had reduced to 14.3%, although many believe the real figure to be higher. Around 15% of pregnant women are HIV+, and mother to child transmission is the second biggest source of new infections, after heterosexual sex. 15,000 babies are infected by their mothers each year. Mass displacements and grinding poverty has made life for HIV+ Zimbabweans even more difficult.

(3) Portrait

In June 2008, five Movement for Democratic Change workers were preparing for the Presidential run-off elections. Three armed soldiers came into their office and shot two of the workers at point-blank range and told the rest to lie on the ground. They emptied a 25-litre container of petrol onto them, left the building, locked the door, and threw a lit candle inside. All three survivors managed to escape when one of them kicked down the door. They suffered severe burns. "The whole room was a blaze of fire, we were in pain and agony. We were thinking too much about our kids, and our families, and we were praying for that moment to God, may God, can you assist us..."

(4) Bulawayo

In Bulawayo, hundreds displaced in Operation Murambatsvina were relocated to a run-down block of flats without water and electricity. It was meant to be a temporary measure but seven years later they are still waiting for proper housing. The filthy and overcrowded buildings have become a hotbed of political violence.

*These four photographs are part of the Carmignac Foundation collection.