Robin Hammond
Robin Hammond

More than a million refugees arrived in Europe last year, many fleeing wars in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Hundreds of thousands more have come this year, as the continent’s latest great migration continues to roil its politics, test its tolerance, and challenge its cultural identities.

These portraits illustrate Europe’s long and complex history of immigration. Algerians came to France while their homeland was a French colony, surging in the 1954-1962 war of independence. Since the 1990s, some 40,000 Somalis fleeing civil war have settled in Sweden. Indians are among the three million South Asians who’ve come to Britain from former British colonies. About as many Turks live in Germany. They came as guest workers in the 1960s and ’70s—but stayed and had families.

Photographer Robin Hammond traveled across Europe setting up a portable studio to make these intimate photographic portraits. He also interviewed subjects about identity, home, and hope for a series of video portraits. “The New Europeans” will appear in the October 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine.

Artist Bios

  • Robin Hammond

    Winner of a World Press Photo prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, three Pictures of the Year International Awards, the W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, and four Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism, Robin Hammond has dedicated his career to documenting human rights and development issues around the world.

    In 2015 Hammond was named by Foreign Policy as one of “100 Leading Global Thinkers.”

    He has published two books. The first, Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence, documents life in Zimbabwe under the rule of Robert Mugabe and was the result of being awarded the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. A long-term project on mental health in Africa, Condemned, was published after winning the FotoEvidence book award for documenting social injustice. His third book, My Lagos, is due for publication in 2017.

    Hammond is the founder of Witness Change, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing human rights through highly visual storytelling. His work has appeared on television, online, and in magazines and newspapers. He is a National Geographic and Time contributing photographer. Born in New Zealand, he has lived in Japan, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. He is currently based in Paris and represented by NOOR.


  • National Geographic

    National Geographic

    Established in 1888, National Geographic is a trusted print and digital publication offering stories that illuminate, inspire, and reveal. Our mission is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultures, the sciences, and the natural world. We advance that mission by creating visually stunning, richly reported photojournalism and distinguished, impartial coverage of the globe’s most pressing issues. National Geographic (@natgeo) has more than 284 million followers.

The New Europeans

 archive : 2016

Featuring: Robin Hammond

Curated by: Whitney Johnson

Presented by: National Geographic
  • National Geographic


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