Jeff Topham is a Canadian photojournalist whose work has taken him from post-war Liberia to Antarctica, the Arctic and the Amazon basin.
His photographs of post-conflict Liberia (where he grew up) and his documentary film and online photo project Liberia 77, about the war-torn country reclaiming its photographic and cultural legacy, were featured at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles and in the first post-war photographic exhibition at the National Museum in Monrovia.
For the past decade, Jeff has documented his own neighbourhood, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. One of the poorest neighbourhoods in Canada, it is marked by extreme homelessness, addiction and death by overdose. It has also led to innovations in the treatment and management of drug addiction, driving research and policy change in Canada and around the world.
For the past three years, Jeff has documented the men of The Dudes Club, a community outreach organization helping men struggling with poverty, homelessness and addiction access healthcare and support one another.
He is currently working on a documentary project led by the UBC School of Population Health, working with men transitioning to life on the outside after years in prison.
In 2016, Jeff received the Allard Prize for Photography by the Peter G. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, for his photograph of women marching at the 2016 March for BC’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
The award honours themes of courage and leadership in combating corruption, especially through promoting transparency, accountability and the rule of law, and of human rights and/or anti-corruption, and especially human rights violations in the developed world.
His work and reportage have been featured in The Guardian, The Observer, Canadian Geographic, the Globe and Mail, Macleans and EnRoute, as well as on CBC Radio's flagship programs The Current, The Sunday Edition, DNTO, and profiled on CBC Arts online.
Jeff has worked with and supported organizations including Journalists for Human Rights, The David Suzuki Foundation, Do It For The Love Foundation and The Voice Project.