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Join the journey through our One Planet City

“10 principles. 10 photographers. 10 venues. 10 months. 1 city.”


FotoDocument, together with Photoworks, has commissioned ten emerging and established photographers to create the One Planet City exhibitions, a series of ten photo essays on the theme of One Planet Living.

Each essay is made up of a series of images and installed in one of Brighton & Hove’s iconic locations: Brighton Railway Station, The Lock Crossing at Shoreham Port, the newly refurbished Open Market in London Road, The Waste House at University of Brighton, Emmaus Brighton & Hove, The American Express Community Football Stadium, Brighton Dome, The Level, Earth & Stars pub, Hove Promenade, Foredown Tower in Portslade, and the County Ground. Visitors will be given a map to follow the story trail around the city and each exhibition is thematically linked with the venue.

One Planet Living is a global initiative based on ten principles which enables people to live, work and do business within the natural limits of the planet. It was developed by internationally award winning charity Bioregional. This sustainability framework is being used all around the world by communities, businesses and local authorities.

Brighton & Hove was declared the world’s first One Planet Living city in 2013. Since then, partners and agencies have been working together to boost the local economy, become more resistant to price hikes in energy, fuel and food, and develop a more equal and healthy city.

One Planet City launched under the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014, an ambitious, bold and innovative festival of international photography. The One Planet City exhibitions continue beyond the Biennial, remaining in situ until August 2015.

The ten photographers taking part are: Thomas Ball, Murray Ballard, Sam Faulkner, Sophie Gerrard, Jonathan Goldberg, Amanda Jackson, Jason Larkin, Valentina Quintano, Syd Shelton and Nick Waplington.

Jason Kitcat Leader of Green led Brighton & Hove City Council says: “This latest project by FotoDocument is essential in spreading the word about the One Planet Living approach to sustainability. As Brighton & Hove is the world’s first accredited One Planet City, it’s great to see the work premier at our Photo Biennial. We’re very proud to have it here.”

Celia Davies, Director of Photoworks says: “This partnership creates an important programme strand for Brighton Photo Biennial 2014. The project helps us achieve our aim to connect outstanding artists with diverse audiences and enable new work to be made and discovered. The ten prominent locations connecting up the One Planet themes will ensure thousands more city residents and visitors have the opportunity to engage with thought-provoking photography, presented as part of city life for over 10 months. For us the photograph is only half the story, the other half is the subject itself and this project provides an opportunity to explore and where possible address key issues affecting sustainability in our local communities.”

Sue Riddlestone, Chief Executive of Bioregional says: “The FotoDocument exhibition is a real work of art. The images capture incredible scenes and really demonstrate the people power behind sustainable living. This exhibition is a true testament to the ambition and achievement of Brighton & Hove as a One Planet City.”

Nina Emett, Founding Director of FotoDocument says: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to deliver our One Planet City photography project from concept to production through to installation. It has been a truly collaborative process in every sense working with a range of committed partner organisations and individuals who have collectively contributed their resources, ideas, knowledge and skills to bring this ambitious project to fruition. The photo essays have been produced by a group of outstanding photographers who have invested great time and care into producing a high quality product and the results are very exciting.”