Photography with purpose

Two Dalit girls living in a slum area of Bengaluru wash their faces before going to school. Non of the families in the girls' community had a private bathroom and washed instead on wasteland.

Assisted by the local Dalit community, the picture was taken for Being Untouchable, an exhibition of intimate portraits illustrating the injustice, poverty and inequality suffered by many of India's 167 million Dalits.


Civil engineer Manizha Paktin (left), director and co-founder of Stand Up for Afghan Women, instructs builders at a construction site in Kabul.

Manizha was one of seven people photographed for an Amnesty International report to highlight women human rights defenders at risk in Afghanistan.


On his way home, Raju stops outside a friend's house for a drink, causing intrigue to those around him. He has suffered with leprosy for 20 years, and survives by begging. Kalyan, Maharashtra.

The photo served as the signature image for The Power of Recognition, a TedX talk by David Griffiths about the thinking behind Being Untouchable.


A child street vendor in Kabul earns a living selling balloons and transporting goods in a wheelbarrow.

Working children are a common sight in the Afghan capital. Many are affected by conflict-related issues, denying them a childhood and an education. These commonly include displacement within Afghanistan or the loss of a father, the family's traditional breadwinner.

Commissioned by Amnesty International.


Roundworms, whipworms, hookworms and other soil-transmitted helminths have failed to put the brakes on these excited children, running to their after-school learning club at St Monica's Girls School. Thanks to the ongoing deworming programme in their community, these girls can keep on running towards empowerment and education. Cape Coast, Ghana.

Commissioned by GSK to illustrate the global campaign by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to combat intestinal worms in school-age children. WHO estimates that over 600 million school-age children are living in areas where these parasites are transmitted.


A pygmy elder in Eringeti, north east Congo. The indigenous pygmies, believed to be the original inhabitants of the Congo, are being driven from their traditional foraging and hunting grounds. They are one of many different tribes to have had their communities destroyed by crossfire from the conflict between factions fighting to control Congo's vast mineral resources.

Tearfund / Independent newspaper


Children collect water at dusk in Kuajok. With few functioning boreholes in Warrap, pressure on the ones that work can be intense. When disagreements occur, they can escalate quickly and violence is not uncommon as families and communities step in to defend their side. Warrap State, South Sudan.

From Saferworld's 25th anniversary exhibition Communities first, funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


Treading carefully to avoid standing on hidden nails and other sharp objects, a woman picks her way through the main street of Basey. The town was destroyed after being hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Samar, Philippines.

Tearfund disaster response.


East Timor’s soaring unemployment raises concerns that violence could return to the streets as disaffection grows. With an estimated 80 per cent of young Timorese finishing school without any job prospects, most now expect to leave their troubled nation in search of work abroad. Dili, East Timor.

From the exhibition East Timor: Who Cares, commissioned by Progressio, funded by DFID.


Andrew, a local MDC official, was a victim of the political violence that swept throughout the country in the run up to the June 2008 Presidential run-off election. He says 'I was collected from my house by a gang of 15 and they brought me to the command centre. I was beaten very hard more than once.’

Despite his age, or perhaps because of it, Andrew refused to give up his dream of free and fair elections in Zimbabwe. Masvinga, Southern Zimbabwe.

Metro newspaper.