FRASER CRICH­TON

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A “re­luc­tantly held” day job in soft­ware de­vel­op­ment funds doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­pher and writer Fraser Crich­ton’s work on rights-based is­sues. When he left Welling­ton for Mel­bourne in 2013, Scot­tish-born Crich­ton pho­tographed and wrote about the en­vi­ron­ment and ad­ven­ture sports. He vis­ited Iran in 2016 as part of an on­go­ing pro­ject doc­u­ment­ing the life of an asy­lum seeker liv­ing at the mercy of Aus­tralia’s asy­lum and refugee poli­cies, and he has an on­go­ing in­ter­est in the Mid­dle East (see his story on Kiwi war re­porter Campbell Mac­di­armid on page 74). Since 2014, he’s also worked on projects about New Zealand’s pros­ti­tu­tion law re­forms and how they have de­liv­ered greater rights to work­ers. “No one is voice­less,” he says. “As a pho­tog­ra­pher or writer, you get to am­plify peo­ple’s voices; not talk for them.” Crich­ton is re­turn­ing to Welling­ton in Au­gust to start work on an on­line MA in pho­to­jour­nal­ism and doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy with Uni­ver­sity of the Arts Lon­don.

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