What is it like to be a young person today

Evaluation Report

Young people photography exhibition

We worked with a group of youths living in White City and Wormholt to talk about their experiences of growing up in the area. We met once a week from January to March and we used photography as a means to represent their lives. Initially the group learned the basics of photography and once they had confidence in using the medium they slowly moved onto working in pairs. They directed their photography, finding their ideal environmental settings, to take photos of each other. As time went on, they started to incorporate in the sessions, their personal experiences. These were coupled with intermittent sessions where all the group engaged in discussions.
We did not input the subject matter, we just facilitated the conversations. We took audio recordings and photos of what they shared as being relevant to their lives.

One of the emerging worry for young people was fear of the future, anxiety which was greatly impacted by Covid-19 pandemic and the drastic changes that it brought to their lives. Loneliness and confusion were also established somewhat by fear of catching covid and the transition from lockdowns to moving back to ‘normal’. One of the participants, expressed very beautifully:

sharing thoughts

Photographically the group worked on expressing what was like to be a young person today, producing great set of photo stories, which they document, their lives through friends, their state of mind, self portraits and photo story on one of the participant.

Following a visual narrative, one of the participants took photos to describe the subject inner life.

Self expression was the method used by this participant, producing a stunning set of landscape photograph that would show their inner mind.

Developed using darktable 3.6.0

The experience of being a young refugee is shown in a beautiful set of photographs. The participants expresses her fears, longing to see their family and hopes for the future.

The teenage world is brought to life by this great set of images captured with a mobile phone. The images document her life through her friends, social life and being together. These photos are wonderfully candid.

The project culminated in a photography showcase part of a Youth Arts Showcase on the 2nd of April at Our Lady of Fatima Hall in White City. The event was a great occasion for the participants to show their work in a public context. The event was attended by many people and was punctuated by presentations and arts workshops. Beneficiaries received a Certificate to award them for their work and participation. They are also officially part of youth arts development team.
Beneficiaries were asked to feedback on the project, at the start of the project, mid way and at the end. We measured:

Improved confidence
Improved wellbeing
Learned new skills
Improved further education, cv, prospects

We are continuing to work with the participants by inviting them to have their say and be part of future arts developments in White City and Wormholt. The project was kindly supported by W12together, who where also the organisers of the Arts Showcase.


PHOTOGRAPHY: DISPLACEMENT BY WAR

21st April 2022 7pm

Frontline Club
13 Norfolk Place
London W2 1QJ
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Presenting photographers, who will share their powerful photography, insights and experiences of documenting wars and displacement.

The consequences and legacy of wartime persecution and displacement are reflected in the work of photojournalists and documentary photographers, who have played a pivotal role in exposing, be of a testimony and witness of these ordeals. Displacement has always been hand in hand with war and conflict, as people flee for safety and security. Photographers have recorded not only the physical displacement but also have conferred through their stories and photographs the extent of emotional, psychological trauma that these experiences cause. An extent that goes over time and sometimes will never heal. In recent years up to today, as we are witnessing one of the largest exodus of people forced to leave their homes in Ukraine, the scale of population displacement by war has been an incredibly stark reality. The reverberations are immense with thousands whose lives are in limbo, experiencing the impact of trauma and loss.

We have invited a group of photographers, whose work and courage have closely documented these realities. Their accounts and photos have contributed to important documentation as well as vital historical and accountability documentation.

We are incredibly honoured to present to you all our guests photographers George Nickels, Quintina Valero, Ed Ram and Ines Gil, who will share their powerful photography, insights and experiences on war displacement.

Ed Ram is a photojournalist and reporter with an interest in conflict, security, and climate change. He has been based in East Africa for for nearly three years, reporting from countries including Kenya, Mozambique, DRC, Sudan, Somaliland and Uganda. Ed works on personal photography projects and for European and US news organisations including newspapers, photo agencies and broadcasters. Most recently, he has been covering the conflict in Ukraine for the Guardian and PBS Newshour. Before working freelance, Ed spent 8 years working as a filmmaker, journalist and senior producer for BBC News.

George Nickels is a freelance photojournalist and has been working in South East Asia and Europe since 2011. The primary focus of his work is covering social conflict and humanitarian issues. Currently based in the United Kingdom, he is a member of The Frontline Freelance Register. Born in Oxfordshire, England in 1982, he is a self-taught photographer, with work published in leading newspapers, magazines and media outlets worldwide.

Ines Gil is a French freelance journalist currently based in Lebanon, after having worked in Israel and the Palestinian territories for two years (Feb. 2018 to Apr. 2020). In August 2017, she travelled to Mosul to cover the developments in Iraq in the aftermath of the war against the so-called Islamic State. More recently, she covered the Beirut port explosion (August 2020) and the war over Nagorno-Karabakh (October 2020). She covered the situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban took power (November-December 2021). She has covered the war in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion. Writer and passionate about photography, she works on several media supports. 

Quintina Valero is a Spanish freelance press and documentary photographer. Quintina moved to London in 2001 where she studied photojournalism at the University of the Arts and has since worked for London newspapers as The Archant Group, South London Press, Ham & High, Hackney Gazette, and as a stringer at Getty Images, and lately for the night digital editions of the Telegraph Media Group. Her long-term projects focus on documenting the lives of people affected by conflict, violence and poverty pursuing stories about human rights and social issues. Her work about migration, sex trafficking and the impact of Chernobyl’s nuclear accident have received international awards and featured in The Guardian, Sunday Times, Thomson Reuter Foundation, Stern Magazine, Internationale, BBC, and El País among others. She has exhibited in the UK, Spain, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Peru, Colombia and Brazil. She is passionate about cultural exchange collaborating often with international artists to produce art and educational projects. In June 2021, The History Press published her book “London’s Record Shops” in collaboration with writer Garth Cartwright.

Valentina Sinis is a documentary photographer and the moderator of the event. She is based in China and the Middle East. Valentina’s projects gravitate toward the quirky and unusual, and portray offbeat realities and people on the margins, they show a deep bond with he subjects. Her photos are a thorough but delicate insight into idiosyncrasies, hidden meanings, and all those little gestures that are either taken for granted or sensationalized — but rarely investigated. Fluent in Chinese , she started by working for European Pressphoto Agency, EPA, in China. Her pictures have been published in major newspapers and magazines worldwide; TIME, The Guardian, La Repubblica, among others. Her works have been exhibited in Europe and China. Among the recognitions and awards, Valentina was selected as one of the 6X6 Europe Talents, by World Press Photo, 2019. The following year, Valentina was the winner of Female in Focus 2020 by British Journal of Photography and she was recognised with the Award of Excellence for Issue Reporting Picture Story in POY 2021. https://www.valentinasinis.com

This event is co-organised with Frontline Club and hosted at Frontline Club in Paddington.

Human Rights in Frame (Turkey)

“Human rights in Frame (Turkey)” is an event focusing on the role of photography in the representation of Human Rights in Turkey.
12th April 2022 18:30 – 20:30 (UK time) Online
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Human rights in Frame (Turkey) is an event focusing on the role of the image on the representation of Human Rights in Turkey through the work of photographers and NGOs.

In a time when civil rights are being challenged every day, photojournalism and documentary photography is continuing to be of vital importance in exposing these realities. Human rights crisis predominantly affects marginalised groups who experience continuous devaluation and stigmatisation while others are pushed into invisibility. Photography is a method to provide visibility and a voice to those people and to issues; through the work presented in this event, Photojournalism Hub will explore how the visual media has provided valuable tools to raise awareness of human right violations in Turkey. The presentations will be followed by Q&A and conversations on the topics raised, alongside exploring ways on how to get involved. Panel will include a list of great photographers whose works and projects offer an insight on the current situation of human rights in Turkey: Özge Sebzeci, Bradley Secker, Carola Cappellari, Noemi Zaltron.

Özge Sebzeci is a photographer and a journalist based in Istanbul, Turkey. She studied international relations at Galatasaray University where she decided to approach major stories from a human rights perspective. She aims to explore underreported stories, focusing on gender and migration with an intimate approach.Her photography caught the eye of the Magnum Foundation, which awarded her a fellowship. She is a 2021-2022 National Geographic Explorer.

Bradley Secker is a British freelance photojournalist, based in Istanbul, Turkey. His personal work often focuses on themes of identity, migration, social and political actions, and the ramifications of those for individuals. He regularly covers stories about how identity shapes lives in challenging and unexpected ways, particularly within sexual and ethnic minority groups.

Carola Cappellari is an editorial and documentary photographer currently based in Gaziantep, Turkey. Her work alternates autobiographical and documentary approaches to explore themes of womanhood, mental health, family dynamics and migration. With a background in education, Carola believes in the use of participatory creative practices as tools to engage communities and promote intercultural dialogue and, in the past year, she has organised photography and storytelling workshops in collaboration with NGOs based in Southeastern Turkey, involving women and children from refugee communities. She is currently studying for a Master in Human Rights, Migration and Intercultural Inclusion at the University of Bologna

Noemi Zaltron is a documentary photographer who works with images and videos to explore emotional experiences, with the aim to make internal feelings visual. She is particularly interested in the study of issues related to belonging, love and self-consciousness in the context of political and cultural geography and subcultures. She often combine photography with social projects that help to raise awareness and give a voice to unknown stories; in 2021 she collaborated with the NGO Sitoded in Erzurum (North East Turkey) in running a photography course that involved young local adults to learn photography and documentary practice, and to develop a personal photography project about human rights in Turkey.

The event is organised by Noemi Zaltron, who will also be leading the moderation of the event.

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