PHOTOJOURNALISM NIGHTS

08th June 2022 18:00-20:30
The Invention Rooms, Imperial College
Door C, 68 Wood Lane
London
W12 7TA

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Photojournalism Hub presents three photographers who have covered in depth stories of the external borders of Europe, the Canaries, Afghanistan and Myanmar exposing the extreme and dire conditions that force people to flee their countries and face unimaginable dangers along the migration routes into Europe.

With great courage and determination, the invited photographers will present photography from countries where escaping is a danger but remaining is equally a threat to life. With unparalleled access, the guest photographers present stories of exploitation, extreme poverty, conflict within countries, borders where reporting is challenging, dangerous and even illegal.

Francesco Berlingerio was born in Brindisi, Italy, in 1980. Upon his graduation in Sociology, he progressed his professional career in the UK, in the field of child protection, and since then, he has been working for a significant number of Local Authorities. He became interested in photography, when he turned 23, he got carried away, and, to build his knowledge, he immersed himself in the study of analogue photography, darkroom film development. His photography projects, are focused on the unrelenting inequality of human conditions. Upon graduation at the University of Lecce, he undertook a statistic research about the street children phenomenon, in Kenya and Colombia, where he also worked and cooperated with NGOs.

His work is mainly undertaken in monochrome, with the purpose of investigating and documenting social issues, such as: identity and borders, the anthropic relationship between people and environments, as well as, their life conditions. During the earliest stage of his career as photojournalist, he worked in partnership with press photo agencies based in Italy and Italian newspapers and magazines, such as: il Manifesto, Diario, Il Messagero. In 2021, Francesco was a Nominee at Vienna International Photo Award, Category: Black and White for the project resilience.

Francesco is currently based in London, and his work is committed to long term projects, work on assignment.

Maria Tomas-Rodriguez is a Spanish born photographer living in UK for the last 22 years. Her photography work has always been black and white social – documentary photography, although recently, with the pandemic and domestic lockdown, she started exploring colour photography. Maria combines her current university academic job with her interest in photography and travelling for documenting social matters and people’s cultures & traditions. She collaborates on regular basis with Baolar, a charity based in Senegal as an active member and photographer.

Her major photography work concerns the modern-slavery conditions of children and the harsh working conditions of fishermen, both works in Senegal. She also has documented the Afar salt miners work in Ethiopia just a few months before the war started in the Eritrean border. Her main interest is to contribute to raise awareness on injustices and social inequalities. Some of her work has been published in UK online magazines and Spanish local newspapers.

In parallel to her interest in documentary photography, she is very keen on water sports and has developed a still ongoing portfolio on wind and water sports, attending major championships and documenting the training of professionals of these sports.

Maria’s work has been recognized at several international photography awards and exhibited in the last years, both individual and group exhibitions.

Niccolò Barca is a self-taught freelance photographer, journalist and musician from Rome. After collaborating as a writer with many Italian and American media outlets, the arrival of Covid pushed him outdoors to embrace and develop his life-long passion for photography.

Interested in documenting social and humanitarian issues, Niccolò moved to Thailand in order to follow the exploitation of Myanmar migrants in the Thai fishing industry. From there, he was also smuggled into Myanmar, currently devastated by a civil war, to photograph those fleeing from the military and its attacks on the civilian population. When he’s not taking pictures, Niccolò is one half of Gbresci, a music duo based in Rome.

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REPORTING OF WAR, AWAY FROM THE FRONTLINES

The Invention Rooms, Imperial College
Door C, 68 Wood Lane
London
W12 7TA

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Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, escalating the Russo-Ukrainian War which had begun in 2014. During the past eleven weeks, photographers and journalists have reported from field, many of the images have captured the deadly events that have taken place.

We have invited a group of photographers, whose work have contributed to the ongoing documentation, with photographs that unearth stories away from the frontlines, such as the displaced within the country and events at the borders. Carolina Rapezzi , one of the guest photographers, explains: according to the latest IOM report (17 April 2022) there are 7,707,000 Internally displaced people in Ukraine. 2,850,000 of this are in West Ukraine. Chernivtsi, the last Ukrainian city before the Romanian border, has become a refuge for roughly over 100,000 displaced Ukrainians, 33,341 are children and 82,340 are now officially registered with IDP status. These are stories I found between Chernivtsi and Siret, the first Romanian city after the Ukrainian border, that has instead become a crossroads, for the ones leaving the country.

We are incredibly honoured to present to you all our guests photographers Carolina Rapezzi, Hether Ng and Natalia Campos who have been covering the war in Ukraine and will be sharing their powerful photography, insights and stories from within the war ravaged country.

Carolina Rapezzi is an Italian freelance photographer based in London who works on social, humanitarian and environmental issues. She started working on migration issues in 2015, documenting the welcoming systems for minors arriving from Libya on the Sicilian coasts (“Minors on the Move” September 2015) and, after a few months, began a project that lasted eight months covering the eviction of the refugee camp of Calais, France (“The Eviction” March-October 2016). Moved to London in 2013, she photographs various protest movements, including those on the Brexit Referendum and the more recent Black Lives Matter. In 2017 she begins a long-term project on identity and gender (“It was meant to be” April 2017 – 2020).In since 2018 and 2019 she started working on environmental issues with a focus on electronic waste and disposal systems (“Burning Dreams” October 2018 – November 2019). In May 2020 she covered the Covid19 pandemic in London, documenting from a homeless hostel and since 2019 she has been working on a project on knife crime and its social roots in London.

Yuen Ching (Hesther) Ng, a London-based Hong Kong photographer who was born in 1992. Currently, she is studying to be a photojournalist from the University of the Arts London (UAL). Her press works are mainly focusing on breaking news and protests. They can be found in various national and international media outlets such as The Guardian, Forbes, BBC, The Times, Metro, and Yahoo! News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal etc. Being born and raised in different countries, she develops a keen interest in documenting the displacement of people and cultures around the world through her lenses. Apart from photography, she is a qualified clinical pharmacist practising in London and an independent journalist from HK Feature.

Natalia Campos is a self-taught freelance photographer originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but based for the past six years in Dublin, Ireland. In her three years as a photographer she has documented protests, news events, and everyday life in countries such as Northern Ireland, Portugal, Turkey, and Georgia. She has recently reported on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion. She is interested in social and political concerns and has collaborated with non-governmental organizations that promote minority rights, equality, and human rights.

Photos from left to right: ©Carolina Rapezzi, ©Yuen Ching (Hesther) Ng, ©Natalia Campos.

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.

FROM THE INSIDE

Photojournalism Hub welcomes three photographers whose work addresses disabilities and stigmas – of their own or of the others .

28th February 2022 18:30 – 21:00

The Invention Rooms, Imperial College
68 Wood Lane
London
W12 7TA

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©Patricia Lay-Dorsey

Living with one or more chronic conditions is the daily routine of so many people in the world. Nonetheless, the way visible and invisible illnesses are portrayed by media, films, and schoolbooks can be highly frustrating. “The disabled” tend to be portrayed as dependent persons who constantly need help. When they are not, they tend to suddenly become heroes, simply for facing their daily lives. Both views point out that the invisible barrier of unconscious stereotypes and bias on the others’ daily truth is the biggest hurdle for a disabled person. For this reasons, Photojournalism Hub welcomes three photographers whose work addresses disabilities and stigmas – of their own or of the others – in differently unique ways: Patricia Lay-DorseyJameisha Prescod and Sophie Harris Taylor.

©Sophie Harris-Taylor
©Jameisha Prescod

This event will be hosted by Sabrina Merolla. She is a documentary and press photographer, multimedia storyteller and participatory photography facilitator, who has shown her daily routine of “diverse ability” in more than one personal project. www.sabrinamerolla.co.uk

Photojournalism Nights 20th edition

Photojournalism Hub twentieth edition of the Photojournalism Nights presents a superb line-up of guest photographers: Carol Allen StoreyChristopher Bethell Kevin Percival 

Hotel Elephant
1-5 Spare Street

London
SE17 3EP

17th February 2022 06:30 pm till late

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Elizabeth provides some physical comfort to her sonAmon by gently bathing him in the shade of banana trees.His body withered from the AIDS virus. Kamughobe , Uganda Carol Allen Storey
©Chris Bethell

Grace outside her home on Wornington Green, the estate where she has lived since she was 28. Made as part of the Wornington Word project, which documents the story of a housing estate in the midst of regeneration, through photography and oral history. ©Kevin Percival

Photojournalism Nights 19th edition

Photojournalism Hub nineteenth edition of the Photojournalism Nights presents a superb line-up of guest photographers: Diego RadamesGodelive KasangatiNic Madge.

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CEUTA, SPAIN – MAY 19. group of migrants who came swimming to Ceuta are intercepted by the Spanish army on May 19, 2021. Approximately 8 thousand migrants, mostly Moroccans, have crossed the Spanish border through the Tarajal pass since last Monday. Thousands have been returned to Morocco. ©Diego Radames
©Nic Madge
DRC, Kinshsa, Notre-Dame de Lemba Catholic Church, the main hallway of the church. ©Godelive Kasangati

Photojournalism Nights 18th edition

Photojournalism Hub eighteenth edition of the Photojournalism Nights presents a superb line-up of guest photographers: Susannah Ireland, Jermaine Francis, Sabrina Merolla.

25th November 18:30 PM

The Invention Rooms
68 Wood Lane
London
W12 7TA

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Rumi Munawar, former Miss Pakistan for UAE 2015 pictured in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 14th October 2016. Photo Credit: Susannah Ireland
Credit: Jermaine Francis
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Susannah Ireland, is a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer based in London, UK but working internationally as well. She began her photojournalism career on a local news agency in Birmingham in 2006, graduating to London the following year to work principally for The Times and Independent newspapers. Following a brief stint working in India, Susannah moved back to London and now undertakes news, features and portraits assignments for a variety of international clients such as NBC News, The New York Times and NRC Handelsblad. She is a member of Women Photograph – a platform of independent photographers working to elevate the voices of women and non-binary visual storytellers worldwide. She is particularly interested in documenting the humanitarian impact of conflict and environmental disasters on local communities.

Jermaine Francis, is a London based Photographer who works with portraiture and conceptual documentary projects, using editorial, personal projects, and books as vehicles to tell these stories! Jermaine’s work has appeared in publications such as I-D, The Face Magazine, Autre Magazine & Beauty Papers. His work has recently appeared in Aperture’s latest publication the monograph Photo No, No’s, as well ICP book ICP Concerned, Global Images for Global crisis! Jermaine’s work has also exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing, The International Centre of Photography NYC in the group show #ICPConcerned and his solo show ‘The Invisibles’.

Sabrina Merolla has collaborated with Photojournalism Hub for more than one year. She is an awarded photographer, cultural studies researcher, multimedia journalist and participatory photography facilitator. Sabrina has a strong work ethic and is committed to telling stories in which the general fairness of the narration is granted by long pre-field and on-field research. She focuses on the environment, communities, health and human rights.

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Photojournalism Nights 17th edition (online)

Photojournalism Hub seventieth edition of the Photojournalism Nights presents a superb line-up of guest photographers:  Ofir Berman , Ruth Toda-Nation . Sebastian Barros – Løng .

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Ofir Berman is an Israeli documentary photographer and visual storyteller whose work focuses on social and cultural issues. Her work gives an intimate view of people living within the fringes of society and aims to capture the resilience and the authentic spirit in the lives of the subjects. In 2020 she finished her Master studies in Madrid and continued to work on personal projects. Recently, she has been documenting Palestinian refugees from Gaza, with the intention of provoking discourse and a new vision of Palestinian-Israeli relations through photography, media, and a new perception of interpersonal communication. The series was published in different European and Israeli newspapers and in the French i24news TV channel. In 2021 she was chosen for the 30 under 30 women photographers by Artpil and was nominated for the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award.

Ruth Toda-Nation photographic work explores themes present in her everyday life documenting issues relating to family, ageing, loneliness, transience and departure. Her photographic journey began documenting on the streets of Liverpool in the 1980’s. Ruth is currently living in Milton Keynes where she continues to document issues around aging as well as developing new work entitled ‘Birthing a City’ which explores the development of a new town and the lived experiences of its residents.

Sebastian Barros – Løng is a freelance documentary and fashion photographer based in Bogotá, Colombia covering politics, social issues, and health working as a contributor for Italian agency NurPhoto and as a stringer for the Agence France-Presse. Sebastián’s work covers the COVID-19 pandemic and how it actively changes and evolves in Colombia along the raise of protests and how politics shape Colombia’s next presidential elections, also helping young and new documentary and journalism photographers at @longvisualpress a photo agency stablished by him and his girlfriend that distributes their photos across the globe reaching local news sites in Colombia and international ones as The Guardian.

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