Knowing You – What it means to know someone

By Laura James

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We can learn someone’s name, age, job and where they live. We can ask about their interests, hobbies and how they spend their time. We can acquire many facts and details about them, but can we say we truly know that person?

I believe to really know another we need to go deeper than the surface level, delve beneath the trivia and touch upon one’s core. We must unearth the defining moments in a person’s life and understand what has shaped them. Ask about their deepest fears, their hardships and come to understand their dreams, passions and longings. When we discover the complex, messy and beautiful nuances of a person, we are beginning to know them.

And this is what the Knowing You project is all about. It is about going beyond the small talk and making those connections. It’s asking us to break down barriers and cross unknown territory. It is bringing women from diverse backgrounds together and learning who they really are underneath the exterior glaze. Through the project I hope to truly get to know the other women participating and allow myself to be known to others. I am excited for the journey to unfold and to see how this manifests in the photographs taken.

KNOWING YOU – Reflections On The First Three Weeks

by Cinzia D’Ambrosi

Reflecting back on the last three weeks since the start of the ‘Knowing You’ project, I cannot say how inspiring and meaningful this is proving to be. The project brings together women from White City with different backgrounds, ethnicities and religious beliefs on the common ground of sharing their personal story to one another and develop a photo story of each other.

The aim of the project is to break down barriers and prejudices by creating the basis for bonding and cohesion through getting to know someone of different religious or ethnic background. Our sessions to date in one of the meeting rooms of Our Lady of Fatima Church in White City have explored interview techniques, story structures and photography. Women have shared their earliest memories and meaningful and defining moments and are reflecting, working together from those. And in these questions, inevitably the project has opened up much deeper layers, something that perhaps I did not envisage to be so strong; women have shared painful, joyful, hopeful experiences.

Being together, women shared, has awaken a safe space, a discovery of oneself through another. Who are we? Who am I? – one of the participants asks. Unapologetic, Bold, Beautiful– another participant describes how she tries to convey her perceptions of a fellow participant. ‘Knowing You’ is awakening, connecting and probing reflection on common experiences of being a woman, of dealing with representation of another woman’s story which brings to light aspects of oneself and of ourselves. Despite, the difference of background it seems to connect everyone on this important core. ‘Knowing You’ project is supported by the charity

Near Neighbours.

Photojournalism Nights 12th edition

28th April 2021 06:30pm utc Online

Photojournalist Hub twelve edition of the Photojournalism Nights presents an amazing line-up of photographers: Ben Marans David Sládek Mario Washington Ihieme .

© David Sladek
Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets on August 18, 2019 in Hong Kong. Despite the huge number of people, the crowd parted quickly to allow an ambulance to get through. © Ben Marans
© Mario W. Ihieme

The Photojournalism Nights is an event that promotes committed and courageous photojournalism and engages the public to social justice and human rights.

To join: HERE

Photojournalism Nights returns to White City!

The second edition of the Photojournalism Nights at Elephant West gallery was met with an engaged audience, inspirational and talented guest photographers presentations, keynotes by Emma Perfect, global head of diversity and inclusion at Soho House, media partner Photo Archive News, networking and conversations till late at night at the bar/lounge of eclectic Elephant West gallery and the opportunity to bring home one of the donated photographs from the photographers printed with the support of Genesis Imaging UK.

I could not ask for a better night to present and showcase powerful long form photojournalistic projects exposing, reflecting and questioning the current political climate through the notion of European identity and Belonging.  Presentations began with Claudia Leisinger with her project Europe Revisited documenting the lives of Roma families living in stark poverty in Serbia which questions the distribution of welfare and resources in Europe.  Followed by Pete Boyd, whose work looks at where and how young people think they belong: what it facilitates; how they define who is a member and who  not; how they signal their belonging; who they are allowed to be and  what they can express; what they consciously adopt and what others foist upon them; and what they have to do to survive it, then to Sukhy Hullait who for 100 days documented  in various cities in the UK, the opinions and feelings of people towards Brexit. Finally, we had the presentation of Quetzal Maucci, whose work looks at the lives of children of immigrants in the States and in the UK demonstrating the universality of those people caught in-between belonging. Four people won a photograph each from the raffle tickets and went home with on original print. This was made possible by the donation of the guest photographers and by Genesis Imaging which have supported this event.  There were a lot of questions at the Q&A and I am guessing much more later as people stayed behind till late conversing and getting to know each other.

The Photojournalism Nights are organised by the Photojournalism Hub to bring together photojournalists and share their work, discuss important social justice issues in order to engage in a meaningful way to important topics whilst support the photojournalists which often put their lives at risk in doing this.  The Photojournalism Nights are run bi-monthly at the Elephant West gallery and the next date will be announced shortly.  If you wish to follow our work click here.

Women Photographers’ Perspectives on Mental Health

8th October 2019

The Invention Rooms- White City- 06:30-09:00

How does ethnicity, culture, gender determine the responses and the services experienced?

Three women photographers Marie Smith, Nieves Mingueza, Sue Shorvon were invited to present their powerful projects on mental well-being opening a discussion on race, austerity, marginalisation and immigration.

photographer Nieves Mingueza invites the public to write down words in response to cuttings of photos she has taken and collaged.

Do We Know About Today’s Youth Crime and Violence?

17th September 2019

The Invention Rooms- White City- 06:30-09:00pm

Sharing below some photographs from the talk event on youth and crime we held on the 17th September 2019 at the Invention Rooms in White City. Presenting on the event were a very diverse group of panellist who shared their experiences and insights on this very important issue from Raheel Butt, who is an ex gang member, Dr.Roger Grimshaw, Research Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice, Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, an investigative journalist and photographer Robin Friend.  The presentations showed different perspectives that went along with the raw experiences of Raheel, the research of Dr. Grimshaw that points to emotional deprivation and poverty in early years’ link to aggregation to gangs, Robin’s visual research looking at austerity measures, Brexit and lack of youth provisions as precursors of youth crime.

Once the presentations ended, I asked the public why they came to the event and that was the start of a very powerful sharing of the public’s own experiences, including their own children’ being caught in the fabric of crime, gang membership and radicalisation. This was a very powerful talk event, matched by a strong feel of wanting to change things in the community, by a strong fear for the future of children, by a need to connect with each other to look for solutions. The public asked to have their email shared with each other.

Injustices & Inequalities: Covid-19 – Edition 9

The current Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected communities and people who were already marginalised, discriminated, and at the throng of continuous injustices and inequalities. We are bringing together stories, investigations from around the world to highlight and advocate and create the important exposure to leverage and bring about positive changes.
In the 9th edition of the Journal on “Injustice & Inequalities: Covid-19”, we present the work of two great photographers Richard Juilliart and Tomás Cajueiro.

Richard Juilliart shares his in-depth and poignant documentary on the conditions of the Rohingya displaced population in Bangladesh. For over twenty years, the Rohingya people have suffered the atrocities of racism, violence and displacement. Their plight has only intensified with the current Covid-19 pandemic rendering them extremely vulnerable to infections due to poor, inadequate, and terrifying living conditions in the refugee camps of Cox Bazar in Bangladesh.

Tomas Cajueiro’s work maps the emptiness of our known world filled by the incessant work of volunteers. Interposing the empty streets with the portrays of those filling them, Tomas is presenting a touching documentation of collective and personal experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has widened social inequalities and injustices and this journal is sharing realities, issues and disparities that we need to see, reflect upon and action.

Photo editor: Cinzia D’Ambrosi

Richard Juilliart

The Rohingya people are a stateless Muslim minority in the western Myanmar state of Rakhine. They have been forced out of Myanmar (also known as Burma) by violence and racism for more than 20 years. Myanmar’s government refuses to recognize the Rohingya people as one of the 135 official minority groups in the country, denying them citizenship as long as they identify as Rohingya. The most recent crisis began in August 2017 when hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people — more than half of whom were children —fled violence against them by seeking refuge in neighboring Bangladesh.

Currently estimated to include a million people, most of these refugees have settled in the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh, living in sprawling refugee camps. The largest camp houses as many people as the City of Baltimore but in a space occupying only five square miles (13 square kilometers). These temporary settlements were put up very quickly, leading to concerns about WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)shelter and safety for women and girls.

The arrival of COVID-19 in the Cox’s Bazar area has raised concerns about the health of the Rohingya refugees occupying the settlements. The tight spaces, accompanied by the lack of access to basic services, especially healthcare, leave those residing in Cox’s Bazar especially vulnerable to the virus. As a result of these concerns, Bangladesh imposed a complete lockdown on Cox’s Bazar with only critical aid and healthcare staff being allowed to enter and exit the area. Aid agencies working in Cox’s Bazar have mobilized Rohingya volunteers to support hygiene and prevention messaging in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19. As they work to limit the spread within the camps, relief and response workers have started transitioning away from collective points of distribution into delivering supplies directly to the households of people at high-risk of COVID-19.

Despite the best efforts of healthcare organizations, aid agencies and Rohingya volunteers, the first case of COVID-19 in Cox’s Bazar was confirmed on May 15, 2020, with the first death confirmed on May 30, 2020. As of Dec. 31, 2020, more than 360 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among the Rohingya refugee community in Cox’s Bazar with another 5,200 in the surrounding region. Of those cases, 10 members of the refugee community have died from COVID-19 along with another 72 from the surrounding region. In addition to the toll COVID-19 is taking on the physical health of Rohingya refugees, the increased restrictions on aid and aid workers have also reduced the amount of mental health support available to these displaced people.

Newly arrived Rohingya refugees waiting for food aid at Kutupalong camp on April 16, 2018 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Over 650,000 Rohingya have crossed the border to Bangladesh since August last year, fleeing the violence.
Rohingya people walk around as shelters are seen behind them at Kutupalong refugee camp in Maynar Guna, near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on April 16, 2018. Rohingya people, who fled from oppression in Myanmar, try to live in hard conditions at makeshift settlements made from bamboo, adobe or nylon at Kutupalong refugee camp. Over 650,000 Rohingya have crossed the border to Bangladesh since August last year, fleeing the violence
Newly arrived Rohingya refugees waiting for food aid at Kutupalong camp on April 16, 2018 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Over 650,000 Rohingya have crossed the border to Bangladesh since August last year, fleeing the violence.
Newly arrived Rohingya refugees waiting for food aid at Kutupalong camp on April 16, 2018 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Over 650,000 Rohingya have crossed the border to Bangladesh since August last year, fleeing the violence.
Rohingya refugee at the Kutupalong transit center . Over 650,000 Rohingya have crossed the border to Bangladesh since August last year, fleeing the violence.
A Rohingya refugee woman holds her young child . Over 650,000 Rohingya have crossed the border to Bangladesh since August last year, fleeing the violence.
Rohingya refugee is seen at hospital at Kutupalong camp on January 17, 2018 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. In November 2017 there were 7 named camps in Kutupalong, now there are 20 and there are now approximately 600,000 Rohingya refugees in the Kutupalong refugee camp of Southern Bangladesh. While preparations are now being made for the Monsoon season which is fast approaching.
Rohingya refugee is seen at hospital at Kutupalong camp on January 17, 2018 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. In November 2017 there were 7 named camps in Kutupalong, now there are 20 and there are now approximately 600,000 Rohingya refugees in the Kutupalong refugee camp of Southern Bangladesh. While preparations are now being made for the Monsoon season which is fast approaching.
A 90-year-old Rohingya refugee talks with his granddaughter. They walked more than 7 days before crossing the border at the Kutupalong transit center. Over 650,000 Rohingya have crossed the border to Bangladesh since August last year, fleeing the violence.
Rohingya refugee at the Kutupalong transit center . Over 650,000 Rohingya have crossed the border to Bangladesh since August last year, fleeing the violence.

Richard Juilliart 
Insta: richardjuilliart

Dal Vuoto al Volto
Tomás Cajueiro

It was March 2020 when suddenly everything stopped. Gone in an instant cars horns
and noises, the shouting in the bars, the curious glances in the museums, the screams of the
kids in the park. Maybe we’ve never really given the proper attention to the importance of all
those small details as they have always been there available.
Why worry about losing something that we’ve never lost?
Then COVID came, and suddenly everything was not there anymore. In just a few weeks,
all changed, and we were deprived of these simple but essential things.
Nothing has been the same as before. Suddenly the world became empty.
However, that void was immediately filled by the volunteers who, wearing a mask, placed
themselves at the service of all those who held out a hand in search of help.
Volunteers were the human face emerging out of the emergency.

It was in such a situation that ‘Dal vuoto, al volto’ was born. ‘Dal vuoto, al volto’
(‘From the void to the face’) is a photo reportage produced by Tomás Cajueiro that register
Turin in the pandemic period through the eyes of a photographer who was recently arrived in
the city. A photographic journey under the banner of the strength of a community that, while
facing an epochal challenge, sees an important part of its citizens unite to fight the immediate
social effects of the inevitable economic crisis.

A project that combines the emptiness of the streets with the faces of the volunteers.
Taken partly in the streets of different neighbourhoods and partly within non-profit associations
that continue to work, the reportage ‘From the void to the face’ creates a historical testimony
of a particular moment characterized by isolation and social distancing but which brings many
citizens closer to the values left out in everyday affairs.

Under the silence of the main streets and the solitude of the parks, Turin society has
moved and has shown enormous strength and resilience, which is highlighted in the second
part of the series: portraits with and without masks, in the foreground, of the volunteers who
fight the pandemic in its various aspects. Pictures that show the faces behind the masks, which
give a human look to the emergency.

The images were taken in various Turin associations, in partnership with Torino
Solidade, Volontariato Torino, Circo li Arci and Case del Quartiere. Remember who the
volunteers are facing the health risk, have been at the forefront in the fight against the social
impacts caused by Coronavirus emergency.

Tomás Cajueiro is a photographer with a long experience in producing reportages
capable of proposing with feeling a reflection on people’s lives and how differences, starting
with cultural ones, can ennoble and enrich the world around us.

The Turin Volunteer Service Center promotes and supports Volunteers’ presence and
role in Third Sector Entities, with particular reference to Volunteer Organizations, providing
free technical, logistical, training, and information support services.

The Turin Volunteer Service Center enthusiastically shared Tomás Cajueiro’s project.
It offered a privileged position to tell the world of Turin volunteering and how it mobilized to
provide immediate responses to the new needs arising from the health emergency.

Tomás Cajueiro

Injustices & Inequalities: Covid-19 – Edition 9

Cinzia D’Ambrosi


There is still time…

Flaviana Frascogna

This is an ongoing work on adolescents who spared the physical consequences of Covid-19 but not its psychological fallout. Younger people are living in a constant state of alarm that is changing their way of approaching life, due to both the restrictions applied to contain the contagion and the continuous exposure to the fear of death and of disease which could lead to a worsening of anxiety and depression.

The quarantine and the containment measures denied to young people the opportunity to socialize, except through technological channels that cannot replace the real world, neglecting the fragility that is typical of this age.

The project consists of a series of portraits and pictures of places and details of the adolescents’ world. I am asking each subject to answer two questions:

– What do you need?

– What are you afraid of?

I am collecting these answers with audio files in order to in order to associate them to the pictures.

Francesca, 22 years old

I am a very rational person and I have had so many difficulties during my growth to try to get rid of all the emotions I feel and that I always tend to hide. I believe that although in some people the virus doesn’t physically settle, it is as if we were all having it and this brought me moods. Often I feel like crying, I feel sad in some moments. I’m aware that these things derive from an anxiety that the virus created in me and that it isn’t something true. The need I have is to regain possession of those true emotions that I felt before and I was able to manifest that now I don’t feel to be part of me. I‘m afraid of getting used to this new reality that in some ways I could define “more comfortable” for me. It is important not to forget that a video call with a friend can never replace a walk and a four-eyed chat. The pace of life that we have assumed is poor in commitments, comparisons and I am afraid of being trapped in this reality. We must remember that this is an extraordinary situation and it scares me to think that I will not be able to face life anymore”.

Francesca, 22 years old
Ines, 19 years old

“The thing I fear most is perhaps the distrust and the state of insecurity in which we find ourselves. I don’t know what is really going on around us and I find myself suddenly disconnected from the rest of the world. We find ourselves in a situation in which we are no longer given the opportunity to think of anything other than the contagion of Covid-19. The thing I need most is the contact with people already known and new people. I need to know and explore the world and meet new people. This is what I miss most about life before Covid -19″.

Ines, 19 years old
Viola, 18 years old

“With the quarantine I solved a lot of problems I had with myself. I was afraid of loneliness, now not anymore. But I’m starting to be colder and more apathetic in good relationships with people. I don’t want to talk to anyone, to face serious conversations with people except with those few that I want to hear every day. I am afraid that these sensations could mark my future ”.

Viola, 18 years old
Saya, 16 years old

“I have never been a model student but the school marked my days. Now I feel lost. Following the online lessons I think my life is much more chaotic. I’m afraid of the quarantine. The thought of not being able to go out when I want makes me feel very bad.”

Saya, 16 years old
Dafne, 20 years old

“The thing I need is certainty. I have only anxieties and anguish. I don’t know what job I will be able to do when I finish my studies. I am always in the same place and my life has become very monotonous. I need to go to new places, to do different activities, to meet new people.”

Dafne, 20 years old
Fabrizio, 16 years old

“My biggest concern is knowing nothing about when we will return to normal life, to the life I knew. And if everything will be the same. I need to get out of the house, to see my friends, to go to school. In short, I need to live.”

Fabrizio, 16 years old

Flaviana Frascogna