About Us


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 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, supported by Olympus, 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. Nina has worked as a photographer for The Independent, Amnesty International, PwC, Brighton & Hove City Council, The Platform among many others and she is currently working on a book about women’s worker co-operatives in India, published by Mapin. She was strategic lead for Brighton & Hove City Council’s anti-racism hate crime department, developing community cohesion measures in collaboration with Sussex Police (2005-09). Previously she was manager of refugee education charity Salusbury WORLD where she developed arts and educational services within a London primary school and co-wrote Home From Home (1999–03). 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.


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 design for several national newspapers, Chris branched out in 2006, using his skills as a 3D artist to enter the expanding digital realm. As a designer of live visuals he has 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.



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.