external “Photography in Service to Humanity” —NY Times Lens Blog

Robin Hammond just “thought it was cool” when he enrolled in a photography program in Wellington, New Zealand. But he soon found a serious calling as a photographer while paging through a copy of W. Eugene Smith’s “Minamata” in his college library.

“I had no idea that a photo or a series of photos could move me like that,” Mr. Hammond, who is 38, said. “I didn’t know that a photo could make me feel a connection with people I had never met. From that day on, I knew the sort of work that I wanted to pursue — human rights and development issues.”

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