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The Psychological Toll of Photographing Rape and Trauma

Jan 11, 2016 | 6 videos
Video by redfitz

Editor's note: This video contains images that may be disturbing to some viewers.

Robin Hammond sees himself as an intermediary between the subjects in his photos and the viewers who might come across them. A large portion of his work has focused on documenting victims of abuse and sexual violence, especially in the Congo. “The real conflict for me is the conflict between those who care and those who don't,” he says in this short film, We're All Complicit. “The world is a brutally unfair place, and I think the sense of moral outrage has driven much of my work.”

This is the fifth episode in a six-part series called Conflict, by the Brooklyn-based cinematic documentary and narrative video production company redfitz. Each episode explores the testimonies of professional conflict photographers and looks at how they engage with and seek to understand their subject matter. Original music was composed by Reza Safinia. Connect with the photographers and watch the complete series from redfitz at or stream on Netflix.

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Author: Nadine Ajaka

About This Series

A six-part series exploring the testimonies of professional conflict photographers