Revolution in pink: Kiwi photographer Robin Hammond on shooting Nat Geo’s remarkable transgender cover

Revolution in pink: Kiwi photographer Robin Hammond on shooting Nat Geo’s remarkable transgender cover

Adrian Hatwell

Published by The Spinoff, 16 February, 2017

In January National Geographic, the venerable publication of geography, history and culture, achieved a milestone: the Gender Revolution special issue marked the first time a transgender person had featured on its cover. Adrian Hatwell talks to the photographer behind the cover, New Zealander Robin Hammond.

When National Geographic‘s January 2017 issue went on sale late last year, the magazine joined the small handful of mainstream publications to ever feature a transgender model on their cover. Nat Geo‘s cover was probably the most radical of the bunch, featuring a pink-bedecked nine-year-old girl named Avery, living openly as a transgender person in the US.

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NINE YEAR OLD AVERY ON THE COVER OF THE JANUARY 2017 ISSUE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. CREDIT: © ROBIN HAMMOND / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

NINE YEAR OLD AVERY ON THE COVER OF THE JANUARY 2017 ISSUE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. CREDIT: © ROBIN HAMMOND / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC




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