About Us



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, or FotoWork,  focusing on positive social and environmental issues in order to inspire, engage and effect behaviour change in a large and diverse audience.

We provides routes for meaningful participation in our work through our FotoSchool workshop programme as well as through talks, events and competitions.

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

We receive photo essay commissions for our popular FotoStory service from businesses, NGOs and the public sector to enhance the visual storytelling aspects of their social and environmental initiatives.

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


Who we are

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 is currently working on a long-term documentary project entitled SEWA which focuses on lifting women in India out of poverty through trade unionism and worker cooperatives – this body of work will be published in September 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). Nina won a PEA Award for FotoDocument’s One Planet City project in October 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 and marginalised communities. Lucy has been recognised as a Community Hero by the University of Sussex.


Poppy Berry is a photographer and workshop facilitator who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience of photography through both practice and teaching. She has extensive experience facilitating photography workshops focusing on portraiture and documentary with children and young people in schools, with adults in community settings and on residential photography courses abroad. Most notably, Poppy delivered workshops for vulnerable young people in London’s during the WAY (Who Are You) City Hall Takeover in April 2016. She sees photography as a powerful tool to discover more about the world and oneself.

Poppy gained a BA in Photography from Edinburgh College of Art and then promptly began her photography career working for the Scotsman. Moving south she began working for The Observer and her freelancing career took off. Commissions have ranged from studio portraits of celebrities to farmers in muddy fields, from Opera House interiors in Copenhagen to documenting charitable projects on the banks of the Amazon. Over 18 years of freelancing clients have included The Guardian, Observer, Times and Washington Post. Citibank, JPMorgan and UBS as well as publishing companies, design agencies and many private clients. Today she continues to work for some of the above and an assortment of private and public clients.


Cesar da Luz is a photographic artist, facilitator & community development worker. He is passionate about social justice, inclusion and participation, with particular interest in photography and its potential for social transformation. Cesar has extensive knowledge of working with marginalised communities and fifteen years experience in community development, specialising in health and social care inequalities. He is a qualified trainer, facilitator, advocate and interpreter (Portuguese & Spanish).


Sam Beckett and Caroline Coritzo are our dynamic post production duo who make up Shifting Pixels. With 20 years experience in the field of photography they understand both the needs of the photographer and the demands of the industry and they are meticulous in their approach to post production for our photographers and clients. They also form part of our curation and photography production service having previously managed extensive national and international productions for private and commercial clients from conception through to delivery of final artwork. Their clients include Mary McCartney, Tom Stoddart, Jocelyn Bain-Hogg, Zed Nelson, Peter Dench, Abbie Trayler-Smith,  Seamus Murphy, James Stephenson, Save The Children, Vodafone, Arabella London, Alpine Elements, Quaker Oats among many others. They have produced exhibitions for Mary McCartney, Tom Stoddard, Carol Allen-Storey, Linda McCartney and Tim Flach.


Chris Cousins is a designer with a difference, not just an in-design expert he is a motion designer specialising in 3D animation and has a degree in physics.


Simon Roberts (FD advisor) 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.


Melanie Friend (FD advisor) 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.


Karoki Lewis (FD advisor) 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.


Toby Buckle (FD mentor) 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.


Thurstan Crocket (FD advisor/researcher) 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 (FD advisor) 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 (FD advisor) 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.