Robin Hammond’s Story of Mental Illness in Africa

Robin Hammond, a South African based photographer documents the issue of mental health in Africa. He is on a mission to raise awareness to the issue of neglect.  The publication of the story on the New York Times Lens blog started an interesting twitter conversation about the stereotypical presentation of images from Africa. Some were of the opinion that the photos simply hew to the usual stereotype and give us very little information.  The conversation is quite useful, so I am publishing it here with the hope that Robin will see this and perhaps use this to inform on the next stage of his project - which is certainly important and needs a voice.  I applaud him for tackling this topic.

Please join the discussion if you can.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Author:

Victor Acquah

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