Reading Time: 3 minutes Joaquin Phoenix has written the foreword to HIDDEN (Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals Media)
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Joaquin Phoenix has written the foreword to an upcoming photobook that ‘shines a light on the invisible animals in our lives; those with whom we have a close relationship and yet fail to see’.

HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene, features the work of 30 award-winning photojournalists including Aitor Garmendia, Jo-Anne McArthur, and Andrew Skowron.

We Animals Media, which is publishing the book, says the ‘stories within its pages are revelatory and brutal’, describing it as ‘a historical document, a memorial, and an indictment of what is and should never again be’.

Animal justice

“The animals you will meet in this book are important, and the documentation of their lives is one crucial piece of the puzzle when it comes to animal justice,” says We Animals Media of the book.

HIDDEN serves as a document that gives credibility to the coverage of its subject matter. Painful and graphic images are often overlooked by mainstream media, and they need a home that won’t disappear in the frenzy of social media or the daily news.

“HIDDEN creates historic representation, and we will make sure the book will reach changemakers in the world of journalism, policy, and campaigning.”

‘Our unpardonable behavior towards animals’

Joaquin Phoenix said: “The photojournalists featured in HIDDEN have entered some of the darkest most unsettling places in the world.

“The images they have captured are a searing reminder of our unpardonable behavior towards animals and will serve as beacons of change for years to come.”


Plant Based News co-founder Robbie Lockie as an ambassador for the book. He said: “I am thrilled to announce that I have joined forces with @weanimals to bring attention to their forthcoming book, HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene.

“My role as a HIDDEN Ambassador is to help We Animals Media (WAM) get this book into as many hands as possible. I’ll be posting updates over the coming months and I invite you to follow along.”

You can find out more and pre-order HIDDEN here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.