About us

Showcasing positive solutions through documentary photography


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.
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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 Nikon, an annual Award for women photographers specialising in documentary photography with a focus on solutions.

Who we are


Nina Emett

Founding Director

Nina Emett is founding Director of FotoDocument, where she has worked as commissioner and curator since 2012. She is a passionate believer in visual story-telling to engage people in powerful narratives, creating active global citizenship to effect positive change. She has curated over 35 exhibitions since 2002 and in 2015 she won a PEA (People Environment Achievement) Award for FotoDocument’s acclaimed One Planet City project.

She has worked as a photographer for many publications and organisations including The Independent, Amnesty International, PwC, Brighton & Hove City Council. She is currently finalising her photo book ‘SEWA’ about a women’s worker co-operative in India, which will be published by Mapin in 2021.

Previously, Nina was Strategic Lead for Brighton & Hove City Council’s anti-racism hate crime team (2005-09) and Manager of refugee education charity Salusbury WORLD (1999–03). Nina has a BA Hons in French, a Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism and an MSc in International Development. Nina has also been trained in oral history by the Oral History Society.


Lucy Bryson

Non-Executive Director

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.


Simon Roberts

FotoDocument Advisor

Simon Roberts 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 Friend

FotoDocument Advisor

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.


Samantha Beckett

Post Production

Samantha Beckett BA studied her Photography Bachelor’s degree at Westminster University and had a successful career working for top flight advertising photographers before founding Shifting Pixels. Samantha understands the needs of the photographer and the demands of the industry to always deliver meticulous post production no matter the budget whilst providing a great service. She is also specialist in exhibition print management having produced shows for high profile photographers including Tim Flach, Linda McCartney and Mary McCartney both nationally and internationally; she is highly regarded for her quality control and eye for detail.


Caroline Cortizo

Post Production

Caroline Cortizo has worked with award winning photographers and major photography publishing companies for over 16 years before founding Shifting Pixels. Within post production she has a great track record of efficiency, delivering projects on budget and on brief; the key to her success is to listen to customers and work hand in hand to deliver their vision. During the course of her career she has also become a truly knowledgable and professional archivist with expertise in all areas of digital and film management. Within publishing Caroline is the go-to person for CMYK profiling helping photographers and publishers alike.


Chris Cousins

Chris 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.


Toby Buckle

FotoDocument Mentor

Toby Buckle 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.