Working with Rachel on photography projects for Amnesty International was always an absolute pleasure. She not only captures absolutely beautiful photos but does so in a professional manner. She has the natural ability to put her subjects at ease while capturing stunning photos in the process.

Mostly working on projects where the photographs were of people who had suffered immensely and had provided raw and heartbreaking testimony to Amnesty, Rachel captured their photos in a sensitive way. The photos themselves expressed the raw emotions of the subjects, portraying a sense of injustice and the need to act. Where subjects didn’t want to be identified Rachel was able to capture their photo in a way that while hiding their identity, still expressed the emotion and told a compelling and powerful narrative.

Rachel’s skills as a photographer are to be admired, I would highly recommend her and wouldn’t hesitate for a second to work with her again.
— Anita Harvey - Media Manager, Amnesty International

  Recent projects                                                                            

      Youth leaders of the pacific - Ola Fou     

Ola Fou works in a number of countries in the Pacific, supporting youth development through an innovative, community centric approach. I travelled to the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to collect stories and images of some of the youth who had gone through the training programme and the community projects they had implemented as part of this. See stories from the Solomon Islands here and from Vanuatu here.                                                        

 

post conflict justice for sri lanka - amnesty International

In the lead up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in 2013, Amnesty ran a campaign to shine a spotlight on the ongoing human rights abuses occurring in Sri Lanka and to highlight the need for an independent investigation into crimes committed during the civil conflict. We interviewed former refugees from Sri Lanka, listening to their stories and hearing their wishes for the NZ government. See more here.  

 

Post Canterbury Earthquake - Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross was there during the Canterbury earthquake and continues to support Canterbury communities in the recovery process. NZRC asked me to collect images to support a new book about disaster recovery. I worked with each person interviewed to come up with a photo that best represents their recovery journey. See what we came up with here

photography training - World Vision

While in Tanna, an island in the Tafea province of Vanuatu, I conducted a number of photography training sessions for World Vision Vanuatu who were keen to improve their photography skills to better document stories of the work they were doing. I joined the team on a regular visit to a village where WV works to with communities to improve water and sanitation. See more here

 

Save the Kaimanawas - Wild Horse Project

 Over a hundred Kaimanawa horses from the Kaimanawa Ranges are culled every year. For the last few years, Chloe has taken in a number of the horses to prevent them from being slaughtered. I joined her on her farm for the day and got to witness her working gently with these beautiful ponies. See the photo story here

Culture: no excuse for abuse - Shakti 

I was approached by Shakti, an organisation working in the area of domestic/family violence intervention, prevention and awareness, to collect images for a new booklet to be published together  with the Ministry of Social Development's 'It's not OK' campaign. It aimed to raise awareness about cross cultural family relationships. See more here


We were privileged to have Rachel Banfield work with us on the Through Their Eyes project which focused on the work of young Pacific leaders in empowering young people to make a change in their own communities. Rachel combines a professional approach behind the camera with an easy approach and great people skills. She is able to build trust and draw out both the stories and deeper realities in the lives of the people behind them.
— Lloyd Martin - Director, Praxis

When I'm not working, I like to go for long bike rides over mountains, carrying my tent, photography gear and lots of chocolate. Such adventures have included cycling solo across Western China for 3 months, a summer exploring the Southern Island of New Zealand, and peddling over the Pamir Highway in Central Asia. Next up? The Andes, August 2017. You can read about these adventures on my blog

I specialise in and am passionate about humanitarian photography. I have captured the stories of Sri Lankan refugees for Amnesty International, images showing the leadership that has emerged from the Canterbury earthquake, a campaign against domestic violence, youth development in the Solomon Islands and a vibrant pride parade. Get to know me here. 

I specialise in and am passionate about humanitarian photography. I have captured the stories of Sri Lankan refugees for Amnesty International, images showing the leadership that has emerged from the Canterbury earthquake, a campaign against domestic violence, youth development in the Solomon Islands and a vibrant pride parade. Get to know me here

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