Bound To Freedom

Slavery to Liberation 

Lisa Kristine




Many think slavery ended with the demise of the trans-Atlantic trade, but sadly, that’s far from true. An estimated thirty-six million live without dignity or rights and although slavery is illegal in every country, it continues to persist in all—as a crime against humanity. Lisa Kristine’s indelible images seek to unify humanity and inform the viewer of the tangible humanness of individuals enslaved today. 



10" x 13", Landscape
Publication date: 
Fall 2016
Rights world: 

foreword by Pope Francis


There are forty-six million people enslaved in the world today – more than double the amount taken from Africa during the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade. In Bound to Freedom, Lisa Kristine’s indelible images ask that we pay attention to the tangible humanness and dignity of those enslaved.

Bound to Freedom inspires us to engage in the reality of slavery, seeks to make us aware of the depth of its reach, and insists we begin to look for solutions across faiths, governments, businesses, and the communities of our world. With a declaration from Pope Francis, along with quotes from diverse global leaders, the message is clear: slavery is not a political issue – it is a human issue.

Through her journey, Lisa Kristine shines a light on the need for a global shift from dependence on slave labor to fair trade labor systems available and active in many parts of the world today. It is not simply a story about slavery, but liberation.

About the author: 

Lisa Kristine is a San Francisco based fine-arts and humanitarian photographer specializing in indigenous peoples worldwide. Through her work, Lisa wishes to encourage a dialogue about the beauty, diversity, and hardship of our inter-locking world. The more meaning born in the images, the deeper that dialogue may be. Lisa Kristine aims to enhance her viewer’s awareness and engage them in a visual journey that is also a questioning of our existence. She wants to welcome them into the exploration of our mysterious existence with a spirit of importance, astonishment, and hope.

For more than twenty-five years, Lisa Kristine has explored the globe, looking for the peoples, cultures, and places that time forgot, creating indelible and unforgettable images. She brings the distant, ancient, and rare into clear focus. Best known for her evocative and saturated use of color, her fine-art prints are among the most sought after and collected in her field. Lisa’s work has been auctioned by Christie’s New York for the United Nations with Kofi Annan, and she works with several foundations and NGO’s to promote awareness of cultural, social, and humanitarian goals.

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