“FotoEvidence is founded to continue the tradition of using photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and assaults on sovereignty or human dignity wherever they may occur.” Hosting an annual contest, the FotoEvidence Book Award, this organization recognizes a photo project each year that documents social injustice, creating awareness for pressing human rights issues.
The 2013 winner, Robin Hammond, spent seven years documenting the horrendous conditions that Africa’s mentally ill endure and the challenges that mental health workers face working with inadequate resources and support. Photographing in nine African countries this work has come together in the form of a comprehensive book, “Condemned: Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis.” Issues like these are brought to light through the FotoEvidence Book Award.
Come out and view the work, on display until October 25th, at the VII Photo Agency Gallery in Brooklyn. Hammond’s images are accompanied by the work of the 2013 FotoEvidence Book Award finalists: Andrea Reese, Fabio Bucciarelli, Jon Lowenstein, and Massimo Berruti.