Canadian-born Robert Hutchison has resided in Switzerland for more than fifty years. He studied at McGill University in Montreal, majoring in economics and political science, but interrupted his studies to travel and begin a career in journalism.
From 1961 to 1976, Hutchison was a correspondent for the Sunday and Daily Telegraph of London, covering the 1967 Six Day war and its aftermath from Cairo and the 1969 Islamic Summit in Rabat, which reshaped the face of political Islam. His articles in The Financial Post of Toronto on international fraud, and high-level corruption surrounding the sale of Canadian nuclear reactors to Argentina, won him the National Business Writing Award and three citations for outstanding investigative reporting in Canada during the 1970s. He has also contributed articles to The Smithsonian (Washington). His photos have appeared in leading publications around the world.
When not writing or photographing his favourite pastimes are ski-touring and climbing in the Alps and trekking in the Himalayas. While researching an article in 1987 on ecologist Sunderlal Bahuguna and the Chipko movement he fell in love with India’s Garhwal region and has visited the area many times since, building a network of friends and acquaintances that continues to draw him back year after year. “Mussoorie,” he says, “is like my second home.”