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.