FOTOSCHOOL workshops create a platform for groups to discover and explore the power of the photographic image. Photography is a universal visual language, yet often inaccessible to its wider audience for its artistic and hidden messages. Click for the full FotoSchool Brochure.


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Through a FotoSchool workshop we aim to demystify and break down these barriers by:


  • Fostering critical thinking and visual literacy.
  • Creating a safe and immersive experience where learning through active participation is enjoyed.
  • Enabling participants to create their own photographic projects.
  • Building self-esteem and confidence.


Fostering critical thinking and visual literacy.

Through slideshows, magazines, books and exhibitions participants are introduced to powerful and inspiring world-class portraiture and documentary photography. Participants gain insight into how an image has been composed and what it has to say. We will break down the complexities of the image by looking at subject, composition, colour and light, discovering how to read and dissect imagery. Participants will learn how a visual narrative is constructed to tell a story.


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© Murray Ballard / FotoDocument


Creating a safe and immersive experience where learning through active participation is enjoyed.

We encourage debate within our groups. Sharing opinions and knowledge is encouraged and throughout the workshops we foster active participation. This is extended to discussing each other’s work when the practical part of the workshop or course begins.


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Enabling participants to create their own photographic work.

Once we’ve explored photography visually we begin to explore the technical basics of taking photographs. Using Smartphones, tablets or digital SLRs participants will take their own photographs, putting their technical and creative skills to the test by developing anything from a simple portrait within a day’s workshop to a whole body of work over a longer course. Participants will be involved in decision making, editing and curating their work and on a longer programme, participants will have the opportunity to present their work as a collective to a wider audience.


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© Christina Boampeng


Building self-esteem and confidence.

Our aim is to build confidence through the immersive experience of the workshop and to counter any potential social isolation through our creative hub. Participants will gain a sense of achievement from creating and showing their own work.


©Ellie Craske   © Ellie Craske


Who can benefit from a FotoSchool workshop?

These workshops are suitable for any person or group of people wishing to explore the visual image and with a desire to create their own work. We can build workshops to explore a variety of themes, such as Youth Culture, Identity, Memory, Home, Loss, Environment, Power.


Workshop Facilitators:


Poppy Berry 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.


Francesca Moore is a documentary photographer whose work stems from interests in people and the environment. As well as working on long-term projects, Francesca documents news and editorial events and loves teaching photography. Francesca’s Arts 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. It has been exhibited internationally and shortlisted for Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014 and received Special Commendations for the Nick Reeves award for Arts and the Environment. 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. 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.


Cesar 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.


Nina Emett is a documentary photographer and founding Director of FotoDocument. She is a passionate believer in the power of visual imagery as an effective communication tool as well as a means to facilitate change on both a personal and global level. Nina has delivered a wide variety of participatory photography workshops across primary and secondary schools over the last 15 years in London and Brighton as well as running bespoke workshops for different community groups in the south-east. Nina is also experienced in grass-roots community development having previously set up and managed the refugee education centre, Salusbury WORLD, where she ran a children’s photography programme which culminated in an exhibition at the Tricycle Theatre. As a photographer Nina has worked either on commission or on longer-term documentary projects. 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. Nina is currently working on a long-term documentary project called 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 January 2018 by Indian art book publisher, Mapin.


More information: Have a look through our FotoSchool Brochure and please contact Poppy to discuss how we can create a bespoke photography workshop for you. Contact: or 07931 522920