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Under Mugabe: Robin Hammond Records the Suffering of Zimbabwe

In December 2011 Robin Hammond, then a neighbor of mine in Cape Town, arrived in Zimbabwe for what he’d planned as his longest trip yet to a country, and a story, he knew well – several months documenting that country’s decline. There are worse places in Africa and there are plenty of uplifting stories to be had in Zimbabwe. But in the context of the stunning progress Zimbabwe achieved in its first decade of independence, its collapse over the next two is nonetheless remarkable – and the main reason Robin has covered the country so extensively since 2007. “There are very few countries that have fallen as far as fast as Zimbabwe,” says Robin. “These are educated people with high expectations who are now living in really extreme poverty.”

For months, living on a grant from the Carmignac Foundation, Robin worked his way across the country, getting to know Zimbabweans, living with them, sharing their lives. He discovered a hidden urban poverty that most journalists, myself included, have missed. “Robert Mugabe’s only been screwing it up for 20 years, so there are still some half-decent roads and buildings,” says Robin. “But you get into some of these places and they’re vertical city slums: no power, no water, no jobs. And the atmosphere. I’ve been to Congo and Somalia and all those kinds of places but I don’t think I’ve seen people as scared as the people in Zimbabwe.”

As Robin discovered, there was good reason to fear. In March, as he photographed a farm in the east of the country that had been seized by the regime, he was arrested and held overnight. A few weeks later in mid-April, he was arrested a second time as he tried to take pictures of Zimbabwean refugees crossing the Limpopo River into South Africa. In 2007 I did five days in a Zimbabwean prison in the same part of the country. Robin was held for four weeks. Most of his time was spent in a five-meter-by-10-meter cell with 37 other inmates. The prisoners had a concrete floor to sleep on, blankets infested with lice as their only covering, one toilet between 250 and, for food, slop infested with weevils. Many of his fellow prisoners had been inside for years. Eventually, Robin was deported. “They did a pretty good job of making me feel afraid,” he says.

After arriving in London, then relocating to Paris, Robin began assembling his work. What emerges in these stunning, fearful pictures, now being published in a book and shown at an exhibition which opens this week at Chapelle de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, is an arrestingly original portrait of a country whose nightmare is far from over. Robin’s pictures lay bare in unprecedented fashion the depth of Zimbabwe’s destruction and how, for millions, there is no recovery, nor even much hope of one.

Yet, with a fresh election expected next year, hope persists. Robin says Zimbabwe has taught him a cruel lesson about that: how hope might keep you going, but how it can also be dangerous. Robin learned that for himself in prison. “When you’re told you’re going to be let out that day, then you have to go back to your cell, that can be really depressing,” he says. “You have to set your mind to the idea that you could be there for months.” For Zimbabweans, hope has proved even more perilous, says Robin. A curiosity of Mugabe’s 32-year rule has been how, even as he plundered his country, ruined it, and killed and beat his challengers, he has never extinguished his people’s belief in change. The Zimbabwean President holds elections, shares power with the opposition and negotiates a theoretical transition with Zimbabwe’s neighbors. None of these initiatives have come to anything. But to those who ponder Mugabe’s survival – about why Zimbabweans haven’t staged a second revolution – Mugabe’s repression provides one answer and his careful nurturing of hope the other. Even now, says Robin, “Zimbabweans are eternally optimistic. They always think the next election will be the one to change their lives.” It is a testament to Robin’s art and courage that the way those expectations have been so mercilessly – and so deeply and comprehensively – disappointed has rarely been better captured.


Alex Perry is TIME’s Africa bureau chief.

Robin Hammond is a photojournalist based in South Africa.

National Geographic Magazine will be publishing a story next year that will feature the work from this project. The series will also be on display from Nov. 9 through Dec. 9 at Chapelle de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris, with an opening reception on Nov. 8.



Awards, Grants, and Competitions | Deadlines and Recipients | September 2012

Deadlines

Lens Culture International Exposure Awards : September 18

Format Festival 2013 : September 19

Portrait Salon : September 21

Magnum Showcase in association with IdeasTap : September 24

Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award : September 30

Marie Colvin Scholarship opportunity at Sunday Times Magazine… NB for writers

Marie Colvin. Photo © Ivor Prickett

Marie Colvin Scholarship : September 30

BJP’s 2012 International Photography Award : October 1

Photo © Alice Smeets
Unicef Photo of The Year 2008

Unicef Photo of the Year : NB photographers have to be nominated but you can get in touch with nominators in the hope of your work being put forward to the judging panel. Some of the nominators are Sherri Dougherty, and photographers Patrick Brown and James Whitlow Delano. You can send a sample of a maximum of 15 light jpeg files (72 dpi; 1200 pixels on the longest side) for consideration in a zip file via We Transfer, to one of the three. Emails: [email protected][email protected] ;[email protected]   : October 3

College Photographer of the Year : October 7

International Prize of Humanitarian Photography Luis Valtueña : October 31

Conscientious Portfolio Competition 2012 : October 31

PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards : November 1

Pikto Top Pick Photo Contest : November 1

Aftermath Project grant : November 5

Prix Lucas Dolega to honor photojournalists who have reported under difficult circumstanstances in memory of photographer Lucas Dolega (1978-2011) who died in 2011 covering the Arab Spring in Tunisia.

Prix Lucas Dolega : November 15

Terry O’Neill/Tag Award 2012 : November 22

The Magnum Expression Award : February 23, 2013

The Inquisitive Photography Prize

Recipients

Stephanie Sinclair was presented with unprecedented third Visa d’Or Prize at Visa pour l’image in the beginning of September for her Child Brides project. The series was partly shot for the National Geographic… You can see the NGM feature from the June 2011 issue here.

Photo © Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair wins third Visa d’Or prize (BJP) | Stephanie Sinclair Honored Again at Perpignan Festival (NYT Lens)

The above links also include info on the other Visa pour l’image winners: Visa d’Or news award to Eric Bouvet for his coverage from Bab al-Azizia, Libya, for Le Figaro Magazine; Visa d’Or daily press award to Tomas Munita for his photographs of the conflict in Syria for The New York Times; City of Perpignan Rémi Ochlik Award to Sebastian Liste for his photographs of a community of squatters living in an abandoned chocolate factory in the center of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; Prix Ani to Misha Friedman for his report on tuberculosis in the former Soviet Union ; Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Grant to Maciek Nabrdalik for his for report on economic migration in Europe; and Canon Female Photojournalist Award to Sarah Caron. Congratulations to all.

Getty Image handed out four $20,000 grants during Visa pour l’image…

Photo © Bharat Choudhary

Getty Awards $80,000 to Four Photojournalists at Perpignan (Lightbox) | Getty Images awards $80,000 worth of grants to four photojournalists (BJP)

Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant Winner: Tim Matsui

Joel Meyerowitz, David LaChapelle Among This Year’s Lucie Award Honorees (Mediabistro)

The New York Photo Awards 2012 Finalists

International Photography Awards 2012 Winners

Guardian gallery to Taylor Wessing shortlisted four and couple of the other exhibited portraits…

Photo © Jordi Ruiz Cirera

Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize 2012 shortlisted (Guardian)

Firecracker Grant recipient

The Royal Photographic Society Annual Awards | more info (pdf)

Awards, Grants, and Competitions | Deadlines and Recipients 6 July 2012

Deadlines

Pride Photo Award : July 7

Apply for the Young Photographers’ Alliance / YPA UK Mentoring Programme : July 8

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 : July 9

William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize : July 13

The International Photography Awards : July 16

Ian Parry Scholarship : July 20

The Firecracker Photographic Grant : July 22

The 1000 Words Award : July 23

FRANCE 24-RFI Web documentary Award in partnership with Visa pour l’Image : July 25

The Times/Canon Young Photographer of the Year competition : July 31

The Joan Wakelin Bursary 2012 : August 1

Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant : August 15

CGAP Photo Contest 2012 : September 3

Photo © Chloe Dewe Mathews

BJP’s 2012 International Photography Award  : September 15

CDS/Honickman First Book Prize : September 15

Format Festival 2013 : September 19

Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award : September 30 | Related: Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award’s director speaks of prize’s importance

Recipients

Photo © Andrea Bruce

Andrea Bruce, former Washington Post photographer, honored by Chris Hondros Fund (Washington Post) Also in Lightbox and NYT Lens

Photo © Carl De Keyzer

Prix Pictet 2012 shortlist – in pictures (Guardian)

Foam Talent 2012 (Foam)

The Emerging Photographer Fund 2012 Winner (burn)

The Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism Winners (Festival website)

Maciek Nabrdalik wins Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Grant (BJP)

Photo © Frank Hallam Day

Leica Oskar Barnack Awards 2012 Winners (Leica blog) From BJP

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2012 – Finalists’ portfolios (Leica blog)

Photo © Isadora Kosofsky

Isadora Kosofsky wins Inge Morath Award (BJP)

Px3 Photo Competition Winners (competition website)

Photo © Yusuke Harada
Honourable Mention in Foto8 Summershow 2012

Foto8 Summershow 2012  : Best in Show and Honourable Mentions (Foto8 Dropbox) Article on BBC

Awards, Grants, and Competitions | Deadlines and Recipients | 6 June 2012

Deadlines

Rory Peck Awards 2012 : June 11

2012 AnthropoGraphia : Human Rights through Visual Storytelling Award : June 15

IdeasTap Photographic Award :  for photographers aged 23 to 30 : June 15

Class of 2012 : June 20

The Ian Parry Scholarship : June 30

Prix Virginia : July 2

Pride Photo Award : July 7

William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize : July 13

The Firecracker Photographic Grant : July 22

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 : August 3

CDS/Honickman First Book Prize : September 15

Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award : September 30

Recipients

American Photography 28

BOP Winners (NPPA)

BOP winners (NYT Lens)

National Magazine Awards 2012 Winners Announced

Flash Forward – Emerging Photographers 2012

KL Photoawards 2012 : Winners

Open Photo Winner: Ilan Godfrey (OPENPhoto)

London Festival of Photography  Prize 2012 shortlist (LFPH)

Mitch Dobrowner wins 2012 Sony World Photography Awards title (BJP)

‘Passengers’ Wins the Fifth International Fotobook Festival Dummy Awards (Lightbox)

New York Times Wins BOP Best Use Of The Web (NPPA)

Photographer Annie Leibovitz honoured by LA gallery (BBC)

Hope for a Healthy World Photo Competition Winners