FotoDocument is a unique not-for-profit arts education organisation that brings visibility to positive social and environmental initiatives around the world through the powerful medium of world-class documentary photography installed in high-profile public spaces. The organisation officially launched in May 2012.
FotoDocument commissions professional photographers to produce extended photo essays in order to inspire, engage and effect behaviour change.
The organisation provides routes for meaningful participation in their work through events and competitions and also creates user-friendly educational resources from the artwork for children and young people to learn about important social and environmental issues.
Alongside their professionally commissioned work they run online public photography competitions related to the project themes.
They also create bespoke education resources for schools and educational settings in partnership with professional education organisations.
FotoDocument runs an ethical photography agency, FotoAgency, which reinvests its profits back into FotoDocument’s arts education work.
Finally, FotoDocument facilitates an annual Award, Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award, for women photographers specialising in documentary photography.
FotoDocument has a diverse and highly skilled Advisory Panel who provide advice, guidance, support as well as a positive steer to FotoDocument.
FotoDocument could not thrive without the help and support of its partners and supporters who have provided funding, pro bono support, knowledge, skills and passion.
Since May 2012, FotoDocument has:
- commissioned 23 emerging and established photographers to produce social & environmental photo essays over three major projects lasting 1-2 years each
- curated and installed 18 photo essays in 12 high-profile public spaces for public inspiration/engagement reaching audience of 300,000+
- developed and maintained up to 30 partnerships to create, develop, fund and market the projects
- raised significant funds from Arts Council England, Brighton & Hove City Council, Ernest Cook Trust and a range of funding partners and sponsors
- received over 300 public submissions for participatory photography projects
- held six events at full capacity
- created two schools resources – working with ten schools, benefiting up to 900 children & young people
- set up an annual photography award
Nina Emett is founding Director of FotoDocument where she has worked as commissioner and curator for the organisation since its launch in May 2012. She believes strongly in the power of visual imagery as an effective communication tool to harness public attention and engage people in powerful storylines which create a sense of active global citizenship.
She has worked as a photographer, either on commission or on longer-term documentary projects, since 1997 when she graduated from the Photojournalism Diploma at the London College of Communication. She has photographed for a variety of publications, NGOs and businesses including The Independent, Amnesty International, The Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture, Common Purpose, Brittany Ferries, PwC, Brighton & Hove City Council as well as working on private commissions. She now works through FotoAgency, where she specialises in portraits, events and documentary.
Nina has combined a career in photography with leading roles in policy, strategy and management in the public and voluntary sector where she has a track record of conceptualising and delivering complex arts and issue-based projects. Nina was strategic lead on racist hate crime, Brighton & Hove City Council (2005-2009) where she devised and implemented community cohesion measures in collaboration with Sussex Police to reduce racist crimes. In this role, Nina set up two city-wide arts festivals, The ONE Event (2005), and Press For Change (2006), drawing audiences of up to 2,000 people. She went on sabbatical in 2006 to photograph a therapeutic arts project for genocide survivors in Rwanda for SURF. Previously, Nina was appointed to set up refugee education charity Salusbury WORLD (1999–2003) where she developed arts and educational services linked to a London primary school and co-wrote the refugee education manual Home From Home.
Nina has a BA Hons in French, Newcastle University (1991), a Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism, University of the Arts, London (1997) and an MSc in International Development, University of London (2006). Nina was Chair of performing arts charity BandBazi between 2010 – 2013. She is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (2011) and an alumni of the Common Purpose Dao Xiang Venture, Shanghai (2013) and Dishaa Venture, Ahmedabad (2015).
Lucy Bryson has been a Non-Executive Director of FotoDocument since January 2013. Lucy has always worked in the voluntary and public sector on issues related to the protection and integration of refugees and other vulnerable migrant groups in the UK. She spent ten years at the Refugee Council in London and Leeds where she helped resettle households fleeing Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990s and managed a team of advisors for unaccompanied children seeking asylum. She has been working at Brighton & Hove City Council since 2003 in a policy role advising on the city’s response to international migration. Lucy brings considerable experience in management, policy and strategy to FotoDocument as well as a focus on BME communities.