About Us


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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.


Activities & impact

FotoDocument commissions professional photographers to produce extended photo essays in order to inspire, engage and effect behaviour change. We have commissioned 23 emerging and established photographers to produce social & environmental photo essays over three major projects lasting 1-2 years each. We have curated and installed 18 photo essays in 12 high-profile public spaces, reaching/engaging with audiences of 300,000+ per exhibition.

We provides routes for meaningful participation in our work through participatory workshops and we create user-friendly educational resources from the artwork for use in schools and educational settings.

Alongside the professionally commissioned work we run online participatory photography competitions related to the project themes.

FotoDocument runs an ethical photography agency, FotoAgency, which reinvests its profits back into FotoDocument’s arts education work.

The organisation receives photo essay commissions from NGOs and businesses to enhance the visual storytelling aspects of their social and environmental initiatives.

Finally, FotoDocument facilitates the Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award,  an annual Award for women photographers specialising in documentary photography with a focus on solutions.

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.


 Founding Director

Nina portrait b & wNina 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 is currently working on a long-term documentary project Women Workers of India which focuses on lifting women in India out of poverty through trade unionism and worker cooperatives set up by the organisation SEWA (Self-Employed Women’s Association) – this body of work will be published in January 2018 by Indian art book publisher, Mapin.

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).

Nina won a PEA Award for FotoDocument’s One Planet City in October 2015.


Advisory Panel

Simon Roberts studied photojournalism at Sheffield College. His photographs have been published and exhibited widely, as well as being represented in major collections, including the Deutsche Borse Art Collection. Simon has received several accolades, including a grant from the John Kobal Foundation (2008) and a World Press Award (2010). He has published three monographs: Motherland, We English and Pierdom to critical acclaim. He was appointed as the official Election Artist by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a record of the 2012 General Election. Often employing expansive landscape photographs, his approach is one of creating wide-ranging surveys of our time, which communicate on important social, economic and political issues. www.simonroberts.com

Melanie Friend worked as a photojournalist before embarking on long-term projects resulting in exhibitions & books. Her exhibition on Kosovo, Homes and Gardens: Documenting the Invisible (1996) toured for five years, including shows in USA & Sweden. Friend’s book No Place Like Home: Echoes from Kosovo (2001) was reviewed internationally. Border Country, focusing on immigration detainees, was first shown at Belfast Exposed gallery in 2007 & toured until 2010. Her new work The Home Front, which engages with the culture of militarisation in the UK, was first shown at Impressions Gallery in 2013 & is now touring; the accompanying book was published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in association with Impressions Gallery. Friend is Reader in Photography in the School of Media, Film and Music at University of Sussex. www.melaniefriend.com

Karoki Lewis studied photojournalism at the London College of Communications. He is an award winning travel and reportage photographer and his work is featured in a number of photographic books on India as well as in newspapers and magazines internationally. Since covering the Maha Kumbh Mela in India, Karoki has embarked upon a long-term project documenting the act of pilgrimage around the world using photography and audio. www.karokilewis.com

Toby Buckle is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) trainer who provides coaching and training to a number of organisations including media companies, charities and social enterprises. With a degree in management science and many years experience of managing and coaching, Toby helps organisations focus on delivering projects with a sound commercial footing and sustainability. He is founder of Hazelbranch and co-founder of Leading The Change. www.hazelbranch.co.uk www.leadingthechange.org.uk

Thurstan Crocket was Head of Sustainability & Environmental Policy at Brighton & Hove City Council until 2015, managing a Sustainability Team within the Council’s central Policy Unit. He lead the city’s work on sustainable development, tackling climate change and reducing its ecological footprint, as support manager for the City Sustainability Partnership which he conceived. He won the national 2007 Global to Local Foundation Award for the local authority officer doing most to place climate change at the heart of a council’s culture, policies and practices. In 2009 he was judged by his peers to be the second most influential environmentalist in Sussex, behind Caroline Lucas MP.

Professor Dominic Kniveton is a professor of climate science and society at the University of Sussex. He has extensively researched a number of environmental projects, including multi-partner initiatives on the impact of development and climate change on water and ecosystem resources in southern Africa. More recently he has researched the impact of climate change on human migration in Africa and Asia. He started his academic career with a BSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia followed by a Masters in Meteorology from Reading University and then a PhD in satellite rainfall retrievals from University of Bristol. He has also been a researcher on NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth’s WetNet Project and the EU funded Landslides and Mudflows project.

Janie Wilson is a facilitator, coach and mentor with over 20 years consultancy experience in the UK/internationally. Particular interests are the Charity, Third and Social Enterprise sectors and the creative industries. She uses action learning, solution focused coaching, Open Space, constellations to encourage insight, focus, clarity, resilience and motivation. She is part of the Action Learning team at the School for Social Entrepreneurs and works across the eight schools developing social enterprises and entrepreneurs. She is a Professional Coach with ICF, Member of CIPD and Fellow of CMI and a member of the Executive of the International Foundation for Action. www.lepuget.com www.candoitnow.co.uk www.actionlearningcentre.co.uk