In this very first issue of JUSTZINE magazine we are presenting a Special Report on food banks in Hammersmith & Fulham with insightful interviews, photostory and a letter from a user, poems on lockdown and articles. JUSTZINE is part of a Photojournalism Hub project called ‘Youth Zine West’ which sees a production of a digital magazine focusing on local news stories by young adults in and around White City. JUSTZINE is kindly supported by Mayor of London Culture Seeds.
JUST ZINE magazine issue 3 focuses on homelessness in a Covid-19 world as we understand that the pandemic has worsened an already widespread issue. It touches on the different forms homelessness can take from life on the streets, to insecure housing and now, to temporary residence in hotels thanks to the Government’s public health initiative to get people off the streets to reduce the spread of the virus. Contributors have also shared an extract from a children story on homelessness and a touching and powerful personal story on homelessness. Furthermore they shared a photo story on the reopening of non-essential shops and the merging of DfID and the UK Foreign Office and the potential implications on foreign aid as a result of this merger. Once again I would like to thank the hard-working and very talented group of participants in the Youth Zine West project, run by the Photojournalism Hub, who produced this issue and as always, I thank our founder the Mayor of London, Culture Seeds.
We are witnessing disregard for basic human rights in every continent: restricted access to health care, lack of government transparency, deepened poverty, inadequate financial protection, racial discrimination and increased risk of domestic abuse.
In the UK, years of austerity measures, subsequent cuts to important social services and years of public spending over Brexit had already severely damaged public services, imperilled human rights and restricted collective and individual freedoms. Covid-19 has exacerbated this pre-existing damage. What we are witnessing day after day is the culmination, or rather the unravel, of years of political, social and economic failure.
Photographers and photojournalists have submitted material to this dossier giving us a powerful insight into human frailty at the hands of injustice and the inequalities being intensified in new and tragic ways during the pandemic. Contributors have highlighted the plight of key workers, documented the Black Lives Matter protests during the pandemic and the conditions for those living on Skid Row in L.A.
These are issues we need to see, reflect upon and action.
Mexico City: Informal Workers During the Pandemic
In March 2020 I found myself in Mexico as the pandemic spread throughout the country. Being on site during the beginning of the formal quarantine announced by the government, I became aware of the large amount of workers who were filling the streets. I wanted to understand exactly why they continued to take these risks. I carried out interviews with various street workers and took portraits all from a safe distance. I thought it was important to bring attention to those who have been left aside without government support and are vulnerable because they lack any protection.
In Mexico City 49.7% of the population work in the so-called “informal economy”. This means that 5 out of 10 workers are neither monitored nor protected by the Government. This category of people include vendors, street performers, artisans, artists, sex workers, among others. The very nature of their work puts them in contact with a high number of people so that they potentially have more chances to contract and pass on the virus. Despite that, for many to abandon the streets means being completely unable to provide subsistence for them and their relatives.
The need to bring home a daily income has lead many street vendors to find a smart solution to overcome the crisis. Women and men sells disinfectant gels, cartoon themed face masks and even natural medications to prevent the virus.“I am not scared about this, I survived so many difficulties in my life: earthquakes, diseases, poverty… I am not going to be stopped by this virus”said Martha, a natural remedies seller. The general attitude is a mix of mistrust towards the authorities, fatalism and a pragmatism to creatively overcome the issue.
Through a Car Window
I didn’t think much when I started this project. It was May and we had been in “lockdown” for something like a month already. I was really bored and desperately needed to have some sort of connection with the outside world, even if it was through a car window, so I took my camera out for a drive.
My photographs gave me a freeze frame of my own environment ponder over, so I started writing some daily thoughts on instagram. It was the first time I really paid attention to Skid Row and the first time I really stopped to think about the people on the streets. Homelessness exposes you to so much yet make you invisible at the same time, it’s not something that can be fixed with a few hot meals and the occasional room hand out. These remedies slow the descent but doesn’t help to lift people out of poverty. These are humanitarian aids, a phrase we seldom use in the United States for domestic issues. It almost feels like a taboo topic, that the streets of one of the richest places in one of the most powerful if not the most powerful is desperate for humanitarian aid, a phrase we usually reserve for 3rd world countries. If you stand in the streets here, you’d think you were in one. We desperate need change. Whether you are left or right, this is our reality, a nation so fixated on being number one that we are willing to trample the victims of social injustice, even if they were our own. Ironic, since we are quick to scream human rights everywhere else. I guess that’s who we are, a nation fixated on pointing out what everyone else is doing wrong instead of working together to do the right thing. Covid-19 has exposed us raw, so here we are, ignorant and proud, hurling towards herd immunity, every class for themselves.
Feeding the Need
During lockdown the Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank had to close the doors of their locations in the neighbourhood and adapt to an upcoming new reality without knowing when it will all end. All the food banks of the council, the workers and the volunteers, united together and found a base in the event venue Olympia London. There, they put together a highly organised system, dividing all the food donations, toiletries and other basic necessities ready to be delivered with volunteer cycles and taxi drivers. Talking to the volunteers I understand that people who use food banks can be anyone of us: people in unfortunate situations, people on 0 hour contracts, people who most of their salary goes on rent and don’t have much left for basic necessities, families; Covid-19 just enhanced the already existing problems we had and an even more need for food banks.
Frontline Key Workers play Russian Roulette
Little did we know that a catastrophic worldwide health crisis would bring us all to our knees and makes us realise how intrinsic are we all to each other: from the frontline worker to the staying-at-home individual. The individuals who for some time have played a crucial and critical role to the Covid-19 response: our very frontline key workers, happen to play Russian Roulette with their health and their families’. Day in and day out. Many of the workers on the frontline have often worked without PPE, which has meant a significant risk factor for picking up the virus and unknowingly carrying it home to their families or vulnerable family members who they share toilets or communal facilities with.
When people have finally started to build the community spirit we once lost, and ultimately start to care for each other – either going out to work or staying at home – it seems like only the government has successfully failed to provide tailored and essential support to frontline workers and their communities.
Injustices during the Covid-19 pandemic have pursued and have endured; laid bare amongst breadwinners who were simply battling to secure their family’s basic necessities, at the cost of facing the very enemy, which remained invisible and unprecedented at all times, on a daily basis.
Will we ever bridge citizens and the system?
Who will intervene for us?
Volunteering in London during the Pandemic
The lockdown in the UK started more than three months ago, disrupting everyone life, exactly like in the rest of the world. The number of deaths quickly increased, the streets suddenly were empty and people in vulnerable situation grown up out of all proportion.
In a residential area of London commonly called Brownswood Road in Finsbury Park, people organised themselves thanks to the Mutual Aid group. That is not an isolated case or a good example of a neighbourhood, Mutual Aid a reality that happened in every area of London and Great Britain.
Here, during the pandemic weeks more than 250 people joined the local Mutual Aid group to become volunteers. The activities they carry out are several: from the delivery of shopping to quarantined or elderly people, to the donation of clothes to the homeless community (hosted at the expense of the municipality in a neighbourhood hotel), to telephone support for anyone in need. A group of people without any political, religious or other belonging who have decided to help their community in a totally voluntary way.
In addition to the Mutual Aid community, another group has expanded its support activities: the volunteer group from the local Church of Saint John the Evangelist. The Anglican church located in Queens Drive has been providing twice a week hot meals ready for the needy and three times a week a food bank distributing basic necessities such as canned food, personal hygiene and personal care products.”Everything has been given to us by supermarkets, local shops and citizens” explains Elizabeth, a volunteer for three years.
The charming habit of this historical moment has created a synergistic collaboration between the two groups. “it’s not only about sharing spaces” as explained by Rosie, head of the Mutual Aid group, “we needed a physical place where we could store donations, where to store clothes before distributing them to the people in need and pastor Alice offered us to use the premises of the church “but it is also” a mutual aid that the two groups to achieve the common goal.”
Two-thirds of the food banks in London have closed during these weeks increasing the difficult situations among the people in need. “We have increased the social distancing measures, providing hand sanitizer for everyone, placing chairs spaced so that people keep a safe distance while waiting for the food and delivering bags with ready food, because we don’t have the chance, as before, to invite people to eat inside our premises ”explains Anne who has been volunteering for more than four years with her son.
BLACK LIVES MATTER Protest in Southampton
BLACK LIVES MATTER Protest in Brighton
BLACK LIVES MATTER Campaign
On the 5thJune 2020 with just over 1 days’ notice, via a private Facebook group set up by a local campaigner and through word of mouth around 150 Whitstable people turned out for a social distanced event on the beach. It was in solidarity and to Support the BLACK LIVES MATTER Campaign against the murders, violence, and systematic racism towards black people and an end white privilege. JUSTICE AND EQUALITY FOR ALL was the theme and local people and residents spoke to the supportive crowd.
Daydreamings and White Lies
The Covid-19 pandemic caught everyone unprepared, showing the limits of decades of widespread
predatory policies on the NHS.
As a person affected by chronic neurological conditions, I was deeply affected by London lockdown. I
had respiratory reactions to medications but was never able to talk to my GP, and ended up calling 111
and going to the Emergency more than twice.
Misdiagnosed with Covid-19 and worried about my family in Southern Italy, I video-called my parents
every evening for two months, hiding my health issues to them.
The contrast between my sleepless nights and my evening play for the family created two parallel
narratives. They did not only protect my parents from useless worries, but also helped me to keep a
distance from the black hole many persons with neurological conditions dashed in.
This is my very personal pandemic visual diary, a mix of dreamy atmospheres shot with makeshift
kaleidoscopic mobile lens and hints into the daily life of my corner of London.
Photo Editor: Cinzia D’Ambrosi
Cover photo: ©Julie Huang
MANY THANKS TO ALL CONTRIBUTORS
If you have work which highlights the social injustices that are being intensified by Covid-19 please submit your work to the Photojournalism Hub. We will be updating this dossier page on a monthly basis. Submit by July 30th to be included in August’s selection.
I am very pleased to present the second is-sue of JustZine magazine. This issue has a number of articles and photo stories following the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in London, helpful resources and compelling portraits of key workers that have not stopped working during the lockdown. This issue also has a special report on mental health. I would like to thank the talent and dedication of the participants in producing Just Zine magazine, part of the Youth Zine West project run by the Photojournalism Hub, and to our funder the Mayor of London, Culture Seeds.
We are witnessing disregard for basic human rights in every continent: restricted access to health care, lack of government transparency, deepened poverty, inadequate financial protection, racial discrimination and increased risk of domestic abuse.
In the UK, years of austerity measures, subsequent cuts to important social services and years of public spending over Brexit had already severely damaged public services, imperilled human rights and restricted collective and individual freedom. Covid-19 has exacerbated this pre-existing damage. What we are witnessing day after day is the culmination, or rather the unravel, of years of political, social and economic failure.
Photographers, photojournalists and journalists have submitted material to this dossier giving us a powerful insight into human frailty at the hands of injustice and the inequalities being intensified in new and tragic ways during the pandemic. They have highlighted the imbalances of power, poverty and desolation at this time of Covid-19.
These are issues we need to see, reflect upon and action.
'I have chosen the pictures here because they show very roughly the real scenario of how people are neglected by society in general but mainly now during this pandemic'.
Erica is a Brazilian photojournalist / photographer based in London since 2014. She comes from a background of staff photojournalism and has worked for some of the most important newspapers in Brazil such as Correio Popular, Diário do Povo, Notícias Já, Metropole and Panorama Magazines, O Diário de S. Paulo and O Estado de S. Paulo.
Stills from a documentary Georgio shot about the current situation with food delivery riders during the COVID emergency in Rome, Italy.
'Riders continue to cross cities delivering takeout, and groceries too, in full lockdown. Their work never ends, but the emergency of the Coronavirus makes new precautions necessary, brings out fears and uncertainties, and reveals moments of unexpected humanity. One day, from sunrise to sunset, together with four riders on the streets of Rome: different ages, stories, and nationalities. "Now I always have hand sanitiser with me" says Nicolò, "and for every delivery, I wash my hands". "Now during the day we don't have a place to stop to eat or simply go to the bathroom" says Renzo. "But I feel proud," confesses Pino, "when I bring food to disabled or blind people". "A boy with a disability looked me straight in the eyes" Simona recalls, "and said, I would not have known how to do it without you."
'I shot the images during lockdown with the streets being empty, and the messages have been sprayed on a wall on Euston road. It’s so important to point out that behind closed doors domestic violence is on the rise'.
Angela is a half English, half Greek actor, voice over artist, photographer and singer/songwriter living in London.
Instagram: Protests_photos / Angela_photographs
Talia Woodin Assisted by Connor Newson
'Now, as the coronavirus pandemic has forced us all into lockdown and global emissions have dropped by 6% it seems that people are finally beginning to think about the air that they are breathing. But why has it taken so long and why were all those thousands of previous deaths not enough to merit this scale of action? This is something that I am hugely keen to explore and portray in a thoughtful and thought provoking way through a continuing of this project. I want to convey the pain and harsh understanding that I gained through my own fathers death and the upbringing that I had and combine that with my photography and experience in the climate justice movement in order to motivate and inspire people.
Having experienced such a loss as a result of this at a young age its has shaped my life and perception of the world hugely and has long been something I've been almost craving to communicate and explore. For a few months now I have been working on a project entitled 'The Air That We Breath', focusing on these issues through various mediums such as photography, film and writing'.
'The pandemic has amplified the disparities of those at the lower end of income percentile whilst also shining a light to those that support conspiracy theories with the latter getting arrested as they voiced their anger at speakers corner on 16 may. Coronavirus has exposed the inequalities on a class and race basis. Those of a different hue in England are 54% more likely to be fined under coronavirus rules than white people, with some accusing the police of racial profiling. As people marvel at images of deserted London streets many small and medium-sized businesses are already feeling the effects of the Lockdown. I find it hypocritical that some people applaud hospital staff while attacks on NHS is on the increase according to the Parliamentary committee'.
Thabo is a freelance photojournalist based in London. His work has been widely exhibited and published in periodicals and newspapers such as The Guardian, The Times, The Observer and Time. His body of work ranges from documentary to editorial style and undertakes long-term projects examining socio-political activism and cultural trends.
Ömür Özkoyuncu Black
'The queue in my images was for food. It was organised by a charity organisation Nishkam Swat. I believe the people were homeless. The moment was iconic as no one was in streets, except those people who were queuing for food right front of The National gallery'.
Ömür is a healthcare specialist as well as a professional photographer and multimedia producer living in the United Kingdom and working worldwide. She provides editorial and editorial style photography to media industries including features, portraits, case studies and documentary style work for newspapers, magazines, corporates, PR and NGO clients.
Instagram : Omur_ozkoyuncu
'The images visually bear the feeling of isolation, loneliness, craving for human contact as well as nature. Feelings, which have become more or less universal in the recent weeks. I hope that they can also contribute to a larger discussion on wellbeing and mental health, which are severely being affected by the current situation'.
Zula was born in Poland, grew up in the UK and worked in France, China, South Africa, India, Palestine and the Caribbean. She has obtained an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from London College of Communication. Zula also works as a freelance photographer and as a photojournalist for SOPA Images in Hong Kong.
'These photos are part of the reportage "Covid-18ème": an artistic reportage that would like to show how the daily life has changed in the 18th district of Paris with confinement measures. I have shot these photos in the only hour of the day in which we were free to go out, but no farther than a kilometer from home. It is a reflection about the wound inflicted by the confinement to the daily life of the district.
Image 1) Marx Dormoy street is one of the major arteries of Paris, it connects Saint-Denis district and Charles De Gaulle Airport to the city centre. A Sunday morning, looking out of my window, I have watched this man for long time, looking for the right point of view to shoot a photo that best represents the emptiness of the street. I find in this photo a good metaphor of the uncertainty that we are living in this period and the difficulty to find a direction for our path.
Image 3) The 18th district of Paris is a place where different social realities live together despite their cultural conflict. The health emergency due to the Coronavirus is affecting especially the poorest sections of population, also here in France where there is a solid welfare system. Many voluntary associations have intensified their activity, offering food, clothes and medications to homeless people. During the confinement measures, the associations recorded several case of abuse of authority in the streets by police officers'.
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Correct the Balance
By Maura Framrose
Image Credit: Serann
Take it on the chin... 'business as usual'... protect finance... herd immunity... what’s he saying? He [Boris Johnson] wants to 'cull elderly dependants' / reduce pension payouts / and continue trading while other countries are in lockdown. The UK government was clearly prioritising finance over health.
We do need the economy, it’s a fundamental reality of life. None of us are alone - a whole chain of people make life possible for each other and many of them have been seriously undervalued. We're dependent on each other, inter-relatedly bound up in spending. So much collective energy worldwide is directed into activities supporting finance, the financial system itself ought to be secondary to that. Would this be an opportunity to restructure the way we live? An opportunity for a rethink... how much we're giving - what we’re giving back... how much is being taken from us.
The paternalistic and measured approach of UK government as for two weeks it intravenously flushed public money (in future taxes) to private finance (at 5% interest) to ensure the health of property assets and capital - before any serious care was demonstrated for public wellbeing - reflect the attention of the electorate who voted them into power. The majority chose ‘economic security' over healthcare, demonstrating where concern has been trained to focus... and how risk has been normalised. The suggestion herd immunity would protect the market and if the market was protected, so would we, suggests as long as money is all right, even when that money is not being invested into healthcare - we are immune to risks taken on our behalf. We’ve lost sight of what really matters. Our health is in our own bodies - our lives have been systematically devalued and made secondary to economic activity - we have allowed public money to be spent on weapons which undermine the wellbeing of others, and to be speculated into tax havens instead of actively pressing for social equality and healthcare.
Many people for the first time, experienced the precarity and panic, the vulnerability of insecurity which for many, is a reality of daily life.
The politics of the capitalist right, non-intervention by the state (especially in financial markets) exploitation, extraction, and lack of concern for those at economic disadvantage - are the deeply flawed thinking patterns of a privileged elite. Who intervene only begrudgingly if you’re able to demonstrate reliance and co-dependency on their system for survival - and offer support if you’ve demonstrated adequate compliance with and complacency towards the structures of their control. Many people with vast personal wealth who do not require assistance, are receiving it while millions are falling through the net. To compensate for the market’s inadequacy and deal with inequalities for which it has no answer - we’re busy making nets to catch each other now which is a beautiful thing.. but….
..this preoccupation with finance - massively contributed in determining peoples' behaviours. With no clear message on public health because..politically there has been no real concern for public health - vague messaging, added as an afterthought open to interpretation, led many to ignore suggestions for social distancing, and others to fly into panic. 'It's coming, we need to protect (drastically underfunded) health facilities & the elderly' – would have been a more honest place to start but they don't think like that.. for them it's all about the money.
Countries discredited in our consciousness as ‘authoritarian’, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea, suppressed the health crisis more effectively because elements of collective responsibility are built into their structures. Countries who model themselves on our socio-economic patterns, Chile and India, now lack access to our financial markets and are unable to guarantee anything near similar assurance to their people - many of whom are already going without food.
The preoccupation with self and ‘I’ required to maintain capitalism is inadequate as a collective response. ‘We’ are everyone, not an individual decision, not a consumer choice - we are a community and society, we are families and friends. We are only as safe as the most vulnerable among us and we’re all on the planet together. This crisis is a reminder of that.
In the UK, the emergent capitalist bail-out - maintains the reality of a financial ‘status quo’ where nurses hadn't had pay rises for 8 years, hospital cleaners’ work was outsourced to agencies on minimum wage without sick pay and hospitals are no longer public assets but since PFI initiatives of the late 1990s, are rented from the private sector.
The bail-out doesn't change any of that. It’s like receiving a ridiculously large birthday present from someone who’s abused you for years, while other people are still locked in a basement. Money can’t do everything, its interest in social welfare has been only to the degree in which those sectors could be financialised.
Financial valuation has a set of priorities which are fundamentally distorted. The idea the market will take care of everything is an abstraction. The market cares for its own security and ability to influence outcomes and represents only those with the privilege to participate in it. It also exploits crises so while our lives are on hold - money is working for profit. And that lies at the heart of the problem.
A society where most people can't afford to live on 94£ a week is failing!
When government wilfully refuse to see or act on this .. when they have us working for their money.. instead of making our money work for us! We have to realise!! We’re being exploited. Debt is slavery - wages have been slavery .. home ownership is debt and cycles of exploitation and wealth inequality continue. PEOPLE need the market to work for them…not the other way round.
Pay-outs in the UK being capped at £2,500 a month, suggest a maximum calculation for a 'living wage' - so why aren’t nurses, paramedics, ambulance drivers, bin men, cleaners, carers, postmen and teachers, essential workers - seeing anything like this kind of income while CEOs and asset managers, hedge fund traders take what they want?
Perhaps less money would be available if they weren’t trading it?
Personal fortunes are made by people who simply manipulate money and contribute nothing to society. If speculation in derivatives and stock buy-backs is truly essential? And it can be argued, it’s not - it’s time we learned how they harness the surplus and demand regulation of the finance sector - to redirect privatised ‘profits’ back towards people we have discovered are of much greater value to society than they’ve ever been given credit for - and who create that value for us all in the first place. Not as a tranquillising shot in the arm from a benevolent venture philanthropist - but on socially agreed terms - negotiated by us.
When essential workers are given the dignity and respect we know they deserve and are validated for their contribution with decent pay-checks , we could recruit from the unemployed and make work pay.
It’s time, past time, we lived in a world where necessities were provided for and excess was shared. Truth is looking us straight in the face. So here's a pay-rise. We're going to use the money system to value things we need and stop being harmed and manipulated by agendas we don’t.
MANY THANKS TO ALL CONTRIBUTORS
If you have work which highlights the social injustices that are being intensified by Covid-19 please submit your work to the Photojournalism Hub. We will be adding a dossier page on a monthly basis. Submit by July 30th to be included in August's selection.
Editor: Laura James, LauraJames@PhotojournalismHub.org
Knowing You is a Photography and Storytelling programme developed by the Photojournalism Hub.
It works on the principle that by getting to know each other, the process contributes to community cohesion and abating barriers of prejudice.
Knowing You project is based on teaching photography and visual narrative whilst guiding participants in the creation and development of a photo story of a fellow participant in the course. The project allows a therapeutic and safe space in which participants go on a journey of self- expression, bonding and empowerment whilst learning new skills.
The first ‘Knowing You’ project took place with women of White City supported by the charity Near Neighbours.
The Knowing You project is been Awarded a Recognised project (2020) and it is among the 40 selected projects ‘deemed exceptional’ by the judges of the Faith & Belief Forum and Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater London’s Council on Faith for having provided support, respite and are working to make London a city that is inclusive to everyone and continuing to do so despite the challenges posed by the current pandemic.
Youths on W12 – Photojournalism Hub Photography Exhibition
Very excited to announce that we have teamed up with Huddle to present ‘Youths on W12′ a Photography Exhibition by young people living in Hammersmith and Fulham.
‘Youths on W12′, is an exhibition of photographs taken by local young people that have recently attended a ‘Photojournalism Course for young people’ supported by Hammersmith & Fulham Council. Participants have reflected upon the fast growing changes in the local environment and have responded to how they see and feel regeneration.
Please note, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the exhibition is sadly being postponed.
The exhibition will be held at Huddle on Thursday 2nd April from 4pm – 6pm.
This event is open to the general public, to confirm your attendance please click here.
YOUTHS ON W12
Many areas in London have undergone dramatic and rapid transformations and one of these is White City in West London. Some of the changes have brought benefits but equally some have caused undesired and traumatic personal and community experiences such as displacement, disconnection, isolation. Participants to the Photojournalism Hub twelve weeks free ‘Photojournalism Course for young people’ reflected upon these changes through the medium of photography and have responded to how they see and feel regeneration in their local environment through photographs presented in the ‘Youths on W12’ exhibition. The project was run by the Photojournalism Hub, a not for profit platform that advocates for social justice and human rights through photojournalism as well as by training in storytelling and visual narrative to foster cohesion and to empower disadvantaged, marginalised individuals and communities to tell their stories and create positive changes. ‘Youths on W12’ is kindly supported by London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.YoungEyesonW12_02FEB
The inaugural Photojournalism Nights is on the 21st May at the Elephant West gallery in White City, London. Photojournalism Nights is an event that promotes committed and courageous photojournalism and engages the public to social justice and human rights. On the 21st May, it will present four photojournalists, whose work engage on migration, health care, inequalities for the Roma populations and poverty and social justice issues in one of the poorer borough of London. To accompany the event there will be media guests followed up by networking. Photojournalism Nights promises to be a fantastic addition to the photography related events in the capital! Read more here.
Using Photojournalism to make positive changes
Community Talks is an ambitious project which promotes independent journalism and expose issues and topics from communities and individuals around the world whose voice is often neglected, uncovered, unreported. Often, photo stories and news that reach mainstream media do not reflect a thorough research, many voices are left behind that would provide a better and fairer understanding of an issue. The Photojournalism Hub plan is to provide an outlet for those voices and to share news and in-depth photo and journalistic essay that will counteract mainstream media from local and global communities.
Conversations with the Somali Communities
The Photojournalism Hub and Lido Foundation invited local Somali communities living in/around White City, Shepherds Bush to an open conversation. Many joined us in very constructive conversations that focused on the areas in need of support for an improved well-being of the community. men and women and young people talking openly about their lives and the challenges that they encounter.
Conversations with women in White City
On the 10th January, we hosted our first Open Forums in White City in collaboration with the charity Women Make Change, a local charity that supports women, survivors of domestic abuse.
We sat in circle and we each contributed with our experiences of living in the area as women, mothers, sisters and what are expectations were around support from local governance and policing. The conversation led towards areas that have not been researched, investigated and analysed in depth as such exclusions within schools and what it seems to be a highly disproportionate number to come from black and poor background. This was one of the areas that women have asked for support .
Thanks for the generous support: