Nigel Brunsdon

Photographer and harm reduction advocate
Nigel Brunsdon
Self portrait

Working for almost two decades in the field of harm reduction has given me a privileged level of access that many photographers will never get to this wonderfully diverse set of communities.

My photography subjects are the workers, advocates, people who use drugs and academics I have met around the world. Sometimes it's people I meet once at a conference, often it's people who I meet repeatedly over the years, building friendships and trusts that I try and reflect in my photographs.

Featured In

My photography has been used in substance use fields and has featured in: Voltface, Drink Drug News, Virgin UniteBlack and White Photography magazine and the Hit the Streets podcast. The Harm Reduction Coalition, Harm Reduction International and HIT  have also used my images. 

Ongoing Projects

I am currently working on a number of long term projects:

Public Speaking

I regularly speak about harm reduction and it's intersections with photography at conferences and events around the world. I have also specifically presented on the use of photography as a tool for activism that can be used to both provide a record of the movement but to also highlight a need for expanding harm reduction interventions; for instance with my 'Look Away You Don't Want to See This' series that shows a need for safer drug consumption spaces.


All images and content © Nigel Brunsdon, all rights reserved.