About Us

Mission

FotoDocument is a unique not-for-profit arts education social enterprise that brings visibility to positive social and environmental initiatives around the world through visual story-telling. At FotoDocument we believe 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.

 

What we offer

FotoDocument commissions professional photographers to produce extended photo essays, FotoWork,  focusing on positive social and environmental issues in order to inspire, engage and effect behaviour change in a large and diverse audience.

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 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 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-emettNina Emett is founding Director of FotoDocument where she has worked as commissioner and curator for the organisation since its launch in 2012.  She has worked as a photographer since 1997 when she graduated from the Photojournalism Diploma at the London College of Communications, and her clients have included The Independent, Amnesty International, The Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture, Common Purpose, Brittany Ferries, PwC, Brighton & Hove City Council. 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 MapinNina has combined a career in photography with leading roles in strategy and management in the public and voluntary sector where she has a track record of conceptualising and delivering complex arts and social 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. On sabbatical in 2006 she worked with 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 within a London primary school and co-wrote 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 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 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 Ya) 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.

 

cezar-da-luzCesar da Luz is a photographic artist, facilitator & community development worker. He is passionate about social justice, inclusion and participation, with a particular interest in photography and its potential for social transformation. Cesar is a qualified trainer and facilitator, with experience in delivering cultural competence training to Health and Social Care professionals. He is also an experienced bilingual advocate and interpreter (working in Portuguese & Spanish). As an arts facilitator, Cesar has planned and delivered a range of workshops and course programmes through photography aimed at both younger and older people, including the impactful ‘Unfolding Identities’ project for Primary School Children in 2014. Cesar has extensive knowledge of working with marginalised communities; specifically he has over fifteen years experience in community development and race equality with a focus on health and social care inequalities. He has provided specialist knowledge to Social Care, Primary & Secondary Care and Public Health Providers about how to engage with their beneficiaries. Cesar also has experience of providing consultancy and research for organisations which are willing to review their practices and identify barriers to engaging and accessing their services. Cesar is currently a Community Development Worker for Trust for Developing Communities and is currently studying a Photography MA at the University of Brighton.

 

francesca-mooreFrancesca Moore  is a documentary photographer whose work stems from interests in people and the environment. With a formalised and methodological approach, she draws on her scientific background to portray humanitarian, social and environmental issues. As well as working on longer-running funded and self-funded projects, Francesca documents news and editorial events and loves teaching photography. Francesca’sArts Council England funded project ‘Bhopal: Facing 30’ portrays the site of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster today, and the people who continue to be affected thirty years on. A book was published to commemorate the disaster’s thirtieth anniversary and the photographs were exhibited nationally and internationally and shortlisted and exhibited for Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014. The project received Special Commendations for the Nick Reeves award for Arts and the Environment in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of environmental arts. Her most recent project ‘Fermă’, explores the effects of the current EU climate on Romanian farmers, and includes a series of formal portraits inspired by the 18th century painted portraits and 19th century photographic portraits of the region, a style portraiture that was developed during an artists’ residency at the University of Derby. As a press accredited member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), where she held the role of London Photographer’s Branch Equality Officer, Francesca combines her environmental work with a passion for the performing arts and has been photographing live stage shows, festivals and events for over ten years. Francesca delivers photography workshops to 15-17 years olds as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS), a social enterprise scheme that engages young people with people of all ages, ethnicities and walks of life within their local communities; with the aim to teach new skills, connect communities and build trust. She also teaches photography and software courses to adults of all ages at arts centres, international schools and colleges across London and Brighton.

 

caroline-cortizosam-humble-smithShifting Pixels is our dynamic post production duo: Caroline Cortizo and Samantha Beckett. 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 Tom Stoddart, Jocelyn Bain-Hogg, Zed Nelson, Alys Tomlinson, Peter Dench, Adrian Myers, Abbie Trayler-Smith, Seamus Murphy, Comic Relief, James Stephenson, Edward Bishop, Karen Fuchs, Save The Children, Vodafone, Arabella London, Hamilton and Hare, Quaker Oats among many others. They have produced exhibitions for Mary McCartney, Tom Stoddart, Carol Allen-Storey, Linda McCartney and Tim Flach.

 

chris-cousinsChris Cousins is an award-winning, multi-disciplined designer for print, digital and broadcast. With a background in print and editorial, Chris branched out in 2006, using his skills as a 3D artist to enter the expanding digital realm. As a designer of visuals he’s worked with major artists such as Elton John, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Fat Boy Slim and ACDC, and for clients such as BlackBerry, Nokia, BP, Disney and Virgin. Chris has ventured into the wider areas of film production, as an on-set vfx supervisor, technical director and post-production specialist. He currently freelances and collaborates internationally from sunny Brighton.

 

simon-robertsSimon Roberts (FD advisor) is a British photographer whose work deals with our relationship to landscape and notions of identity and belonging. He has published and exhibited widely and his photographs reside in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche Börse Art Collection and V&A Collection. In 2010 he was commissioned as the official British Election Artist by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a record of the General Election on behalf of the UK Parliamentary Art Collection; and most recently he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. He has published three critically acclaimed monographs, Motherland (Chris Boot, 2007), We English (Chris Boot, 2009) – voted as one of the best photography books of the past decade – and Pierdom (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2013). Outside of his own professional practice Simon is an active public speaker and holds a position as a visiting lecturer on the European Master of Fine Art course at IED Madrid and an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Nottingham (2013-2016).

 

melanie-friendMelanie 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-buckleToby Buckle (FD mentor) works with organisations across the UK and internationally helping to develop resilient and resourceful and effective leaders. Toby is a certified trainer of NLP with a Bsc Hons in Management Science (UMIST). His background gives him insight into the private, public sectors and charity and social enterprise. Toby spent ten highly successful years in management and director positions and combines hands on experience with the best of theory and advanced coaching skills. Toby has a way of helping you see things from a new perspective and looks to the heart of issues in order to produce results. He makes the exploration of emotional intelligence enjoyable and enlightening. Toby has been a chair of trustees and donated his time to sit on interview panels for senior appointments at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He is part of the leadership team of the Brighton Social Enterprise Network and is a representative for the local Community and Voluntary Sector.

 

thurstan-crockettThurstan 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. His current work is to empower visionaries working in nature conservation, renewable energy and the circular economy.

 

janie-wilsonJanie 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.