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Photographers

James Ensing-Trussell / Topic Photography

James Ensing-Trussell / Topic Photography

A number of professional photographers allow us to use their remarkable images on this website and in our promotional and educational materials. We thank them for supporting The Fred Hollows Foundation.

You can read about each of these photographers below.

Hugh Rutherford

Hugh Rutherford is a Sydney-based photographer specialising in documentary. Working alongside The Foundation since 2006, Hugh's cinematic style and strong sense of narrative has taken him as far afield as the Samburu District in northern Kenya, to remote provinces in Pakistan.

Jenna Todd

Jenna Todd graduated from the Dunedin School of Art with a BFA (Photography) in 2007, and has been working freelance and for private commissions ever since.

She started volunteering her services to The Fred Hollows Foundation in 2011, when she travelled to Fiji to document a surgical outreach on the northern island of Vanua Levu.

“I saw many people see again after years of blindness and felt so privileged to be with them at such a defining moment in their lives.”

James Ensing-Trussell

James Ensing-Trussell from Topic Photo has been volunteering his services to The Foundation for a number of years, travelling with us to Pacific Islands to capture the journey of patients receiving sight-restoring surgery.

During my time in Samoa, I was astounded by number of people affected by cataracts, as well as the lack of infrastructure for such a simple procedure that improves people’s lives so significantly.  I was also amazed at the focus and efficiency of The Foundation’s clinical staff. It was humbling to witness their dedication and passion, and their determination to treat as many people as possible.

Kristian Frires

Kristian Frires has been a photographer for 15 years.  He has travelled extensively in the developing world, covering stories from the 2004 tsunami in Thailand to the masaii of Kenya.

“I am passionate about documentary photography and the way it allows you to build a rapport with the people you photograph.  It’s magical being able to tell a story through images.

“I feel that the work of The Fred Hollows Foundation has provided some of the most moving experiences of my life, which has resulted in some of my strongest work.”

Lisa Crandall

Lisa Crandall is a professional photographer and supporter of The Fred Hollows Foundation through her business, ImageMe.  She has always been passionate about photography and fascinated by the power of a good photograph to tell a story.

In 2010, Lisa joined The Fred Hollows Foundation team to document an outreach to a small town called Alotau in the Milne Province of Papua New Guinea.

"Seeing the Foundation's work in action, and the lives of so many people changed for the better, gave me a feeling of hope and empowerment - you don't have to be one of the world's wealthiest people to truly make a positive difference in people's lives."

Michael Amendolia

Photographer Michael Amendolia knew Fred for the last six months of his life and photographed the very early days of The Foundation in Vietnam, Eritrea and Nepal. Many of these black and white photographs appear in the book Seeing is Believing.

“I would photograph the professor each day as he restored the sight of cataract sufferers, trained local surgeons as well as battling his own ill health. In the evening I would process my black and white film in the hotel room toilet and transmit those images back to News Limited using a fax-like machine for images and a telephone line.”

In 2006, Michael worked with The Foundation again, this time photographing the work of Foundation partner Dr Sanduk Ruit and his team on their first trip to North Korea where they screened 2,230 patients and restored sight to 702 people in 11 days.

Michael Bradley

Photographer Michael Bradley is based in Auckland, New Zealand, and specialises in commercial, food, editorial and sports photography.

He works for a wide range of corporate clients and sporting organisations including the ANZ Bank Ltd, SKYCITY, Foodstuffs, The Edge, Netball New Zealand and is also a contract photographer for Fairfax Media.

Michael recently traveled to Samoa with The Foundation and was deeply moved by the people he met during a surgical outreach in Savai'i.

Sandy Scheltema

Sandy Scheltema is an award-winning photographer who has taken striking photographs of The Foundation’s work in Samoa, South Africa and Vietnam.

In 2002, Sandy visited The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Eastern Cape Blindness Prevention Program in South Africa at the time it was being established.

“When I arrived in the village the people queried the medical staff at the Frontier Hospital ‘Who do you think you are, God or something, saying you can make blind people see again?’” she says. After the first patient returned to her village, Sandy says thousands of people from miles around came wanting their sight restored as well.

“I feel incredibly privileged to be able to photograph The Foundation’s important work. Photography is all about sight and seeing and that’s also what The Foundation’s work is about,” Sandy says.

Sandy’s photographs appear in the book Through Other Eyes, which commemorates the 10th anniversary of The Fred Hollows Foundation.

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