How has Covid-19 and Brexit impacted the LGBTQ+ communities?

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Join us for a conversation on the impact of Covid-19 and Brexit on the LGBTQ+ communities.

Photojournalism Hub is pleased to host a conversation on the challenges that the LGBTQ+ community face, and the further impact of Brexit and Covid-19 pandemic has had on the community. How can we as individuals and as communities support and address the current challenges? Departing from the photography of Gemma Mancinelli and Tim Boddy, join us in the conversation.

Tim Boddy, is a photographer based in London, and a recent graduate of LCC’s Photojournalism & Documentary Photography MA course. Tim develops personal documentary-based projects outside of his commercial work. His practice generally centres on the LGBTQ+ community, whom he enjoys working alongside to embolden storytelling and to make his work more representative of the community.

Gemma Mancinelli, is a photographer and a visual storyteller based in London. Her dedication to human rights, especially women’s rights, LGBTQ+ and working class, is central in her photographs. Gemma has extensively reported on the movement of protests of the last years, focusing on documenting the people’s stories within.

Fazal Mahmood, Rapid Intervention Worker at St Mungo. Fazal will share his personal experiences, both about the trials, tribulations and the celebrations of the integration of his identity from being a South-Asian Muslim gay man.

Richard Ansett, an award winning photographer known for his provocative images. His images are in permanent collections including the National Portrait Gallery, London and Library and Archives Canada, Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Smithsonian Institution. His images have been part of major collaborative exhibitions.


Thanks to White City Place for supporting our events

Cover photo ©Richard Ansett


24th November 2020 Online event 18:30 Online


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© Vudi Xhymshiti

Responding to questions on the increasing need to find new ways to sustain oneself in the face of current challenges such as the fight for press freedom, commercialisation of editorial images and staying safe, the Photojournalism Hub aims to provide a platform in which photojournalists meet to find relevant answers, advice and learning. Photojournalism Hub is pleased to welcome Vudi Xhymshiti, a documentary photographer and journalist, whose work focuses on the politics of race, gender, identity, migration and conflict.   Xhymshiti is also the founder of VX Pictures , a photo agency that aims to counter the existing trend in the photography business of mass-produced commercial images.
VX Pictures stands for prioritising the photographers by inviting them to be part of the agency in a collective manner. He aims to counter the existing trend in the photography business of mass-produced commercial images rather than thought out the high quality of single editorial photography. VX Pictures stands for prioritising the photographers by inviting them to be part of the agency in a collective manner.
Join us with Vudi Xhymshiti, to find out what to look for when signing up for an agency and the challenges we face to make a living as a photojournalist in an over-commercialised use of images. Vudi will also talk about VX Media Education programs, a branch of VX Pictures and the educational support that provides, including an on-field mentorship programme for photojournalists as well as his upcoming conflict reporting course.

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Women Photographers Covering Women’s Violence, Trauma and Grief

The Invention Rooms
68 Wood Lane
W12 7TA

02 March 2020   18:30-20:30
©Suzanne Plunkett – Civilian bombing victim Shahpiry, 30, holds her son Hasib, 4, during a therapy session at the Kabul Mental Health Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 5, 2002. The wages of war are starkly visible across Afghanistan, but the most lasting damage can’t be seen: the wounds to the minds of Afghans, after 23 years of dread punctuated by moments of terror.

Women photographers discuss their challenges, reflections and roles on covering stories of violence against women.

The Photojournalism Hub is very honored to present three great women photojournalist that have worked on some of the most difficult and excruciating modern women stories to share their experiences, insights and challenges.

Suzanne Plunkett, is an award winning photojournalist who has worked as a staff photographer for the Associated Press in New York where she covered the Sept.11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001 and then as the chief photographer for the AP in Jakarta where she covered the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Based in London since 2006, she has worked as a senior staff photographer for Bloomberg News in London and a staff photographer for Reuters. Currently, she shoots for The New York Times, the RHS, Chatham House and leads the London chapter of Women Photograph which works to elevate the voices of women+ non binary visual storytellers.

Chiara Ceolin, is a documentary photographer who has a background of working for nearly ten years as a psychologist specialised in PTSD and trauma. Chiara has worked extensively with projects in rural Tanzania, Romania and London adopting participatory methods to empower and heal young girls and women through visual storytelling. Currently, Chiara’s work focuses on women who survived trauma as well as contributing to clients such as Thomson Reuters Foundation, Westminster University, The Evening Standard, Magic Me charity, BBC Children in Need, Forward UK and many others.

Quintina Valero, o, is an award-winning photojournalist whose work focuses on human rights, displacement, women and environmental issue. She has a proven passion for bringing important stories often collaborating with local NGOs. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, Sunday Times, Thomson Reuters Foundation, BBC, Stern Magazine and El Pais among others. Her latest projects have taken her to Central America and the Colombian Amazon documenting the different layers of conflict. Her work on sex trafficking and the impact of Chernobyl’s nuclear accident has received international awards including the Lensculture Emerging Talent, Festival della Fotografia Etica (Italy) and the Photo Press Contest Award (Ukraine).

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Understanding, Confronting and Questioning Notions of Identity

The Invention Rooms
68 Wood Lane
W12 7TA

27 January 2020 18:30-20:30

©Zula Rabikowska

How photography can be used as a tool to address questions of belonging, place and the histories we learn and inherit.

A talk event exploring how experiences of citizenship, nationality and identity can inform notions of identity. The speakers’ powerful work is directly influenced by personal journeying and displacement, and a quest to build understanding around notions of identity. The Photojournalism Hub is very pleased to present:

Zula Rabikowska, photographer, born in Poland, grew up in the UK and worked in France, China, South Africa, India, Palestine and the Caribbean. Citizens of Nowhere is a project about experiences of citizenship, nationality and identity on a political, cultural and social level and is a personal response to the 2016 Brexit referendum where 51.9% of the British population voted to leave the European Union, and the increased racism and xenophobia that followed.

Adam Razvi, documentary photographer, will present work that addresses issues of belonging, and disputes the rose-tinted nostalgia still commonly associated with the British Empire. Adam’s work aims to build understanding of how culture, nationality and the past inform notions of identity, He explains “As a person of mixed-heritage I have become increasingly conscious of a sense of belonging and place, raising a number of questions – often without clear resolutions. At the core of this questioning, visual perceptions, including how British I look and feel and how this impacts everyday interactions and my roles in society.”

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Photojournalism and Movements of Activism and Protest Today

The Invention Rooms
68 Wood Lane
W12 7TA

16th December 2019 18:30 – 20:30

©Talia Woodin

Exploring today’s form of rebellion, resilience and resistance through photojournalism.

Part of a series of talk events exploring photojournalism as a tool of activism, the Photojournalism Hub presents three photographers whose work is currently actively engaged with documenting and raising awareness of climate change, food waste, women’s rights and forms of protest and resilience.

Angela Christofilou, is half English, half Greek actor, voice artist, photographer and singer/songwriter (Field Trip to the Moon band) living in London. Self taught, she first experimented with street photography in the US while on a theatre tour and then began documenting protests at the end of 2015. She mainly focuses on street, social documentary and protest photography and is often covering major protests for the Independent Angela’s protest photography over the years is currently being archived at the Bishopsgate Institute.

Chris King, is a documentary and portrait photographer and video producer, whose work focuses on the food system. He has documented the issue of food waste for several years, and is now starting an initiative called Documenting Climate Change that aims to mobilise, support and train documentary storytellers of all disciplines to create more engaging, impactful stories on the issue of climate change.

Talia Woodin, is a photographer , activist and works full time as media and messaging coordinator for Extinction Rebellion Youth. Since October 2018, Talia has worked as a photographer for Extinction Rebellion, whom regularly features her work.

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Photojournalism and Activism in Today’s Forms of Resistance

The Invention Rooms
68 Wood Lane
W12 7TA

19th November 2019 18:30 – 20:30

©Vindhya Buthpitiya

Exploring today’s form of rebellion, resilience and resistance through photojournalism.

Part of a series of talk events exploring photojournalism as a tool of activism in today’s movements and forms of resistance, resilience and rebellion, the Photojournalism Hub present four guest speakers whose work bring testimony and engagement to current moments and events of fortitude and activism.

Alice Marcelino is a London based photographer, born in Luanda, Angola, moved to Portugal at a very early age. She experienced and explored various art forms, from dance to theatre, until adopting photography as her main form of expression. Her images and photo stories explore concepts of identity and sub-cultures, and their meaning in our globalised world.

Pierre Alozie is a Franco-Nigerian photojournalist based in London, whose work spans years covering social, political, cultural issues including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Velvet Revolution and Kosovo war.

Vindhya Buthpitiya is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at University College London researching the interweaving of conflict, popular photographic practices and political articulation among the Northern Tamil community in postwar Sri Lanka.

Zainab Ravat is a geography graduate who last year won first place in the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG ) Social and Cultural Geography Research Group Dissertation Prize for her dissertation entitled ‘Photojournalism: Explorations into the Geographical Witness, Activist and Traveller’.

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Women Photographers Perspectives on Mental Well-being

The Invention Rooms
68 Wood Lane
W12 7TA

08th October 2019 18:30 – 21:00

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

Three women photographers present their powerful projects on mental well-being opening a discussion on race, austerity, marginalisation and immigration.

Marie Smith presents Whispering for help, a series which consists of annotated portrait project with women of colour aged 18 years and above. The project involves recording women of colour experience with mental health, a mixture of black and white film portraits and hand written texts by the sitter. This project will seek to create a series that explores experiences of mental health services in UK as well as providing a platform for dialogue to dismantle the stigma of mental health in BAME communities.

Nieves Mingueza presents The malady of Suzanne, a poetic documentary project. By combining found archives with her own photography work in Vietnam, she is exploring the story of a Vietnamese female with mental issues in 70’s London. This is an on-going project about the complex relationship between memory, immigration, mental health and human conflicts.

Sue Shorvon, her photo artwork aims to encourage self-exploration of people’s perceptions and assumptions, as a way forward to destigmatizing mental illness in society.

– If people like the music, they will listen to the words.”

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Today’s Youth Crime and Violence

The Invention Rooms 68 Wood Lane W12 7TA

17th September 2019 18:30 – 21:00
©Robin Friend

Perspectives on the current narrative surrounding youth crime and violence.

A talk event bringing a committed and compassionate team sharing their experiences, insights and expertise working on the issue of violence and youths. Followed by a discussion on current narratives and the often unreported existing reality of youths living in the capital. What can we learn from the direct experience and insight of those working on reporting youth and violence in the capital? Guest Speakers:Raheel Butt, director and founder of Community and Rehabilitation Solutions. Raheel is an ex-gang member who has experienced violence since young age: groomed, gangs, racial abuse, radicalisation. In a catalyst moment in prison, he changed his life around and he has since been working with communities to reduce the risk and associated harms of crime and violence by working with those most at risk of involvement. Dr. Roger Grimshaw, Research Director at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Roger has been responsible for a wide range of research studies on criminological and social welfare topics. Robin Friend, photographer, working on a project that explores the knife epidemic and unprecedented level of youth violence that is taking place across London. Robin is focusing on real life testimonies, bringing in analysis of causes for this issue as well as reporting on the positive stories from the work of many charities working on this issue. Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, is an investigative reporter and editor working on a range of subjects including: immigration detention, migrants’ rights, mental health, access to legal aid, social housing and gender inequality. She co-edits Shine A Light, an award-winning investigative journalism & storytelling platform on and is writer-in-residence at Lacuna, a human rights magazine. 

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Picturing Community Engagement

White City Place 
201 Wood Lane W12 7FQ 

12th April  2019 18:30 – 21:00

©Cinzia D’Ambrosi

A panel composed of leading charity organisations and photographers who have made participation and collaboration inherent to their visual practice will discuss their current participatory projects and explore future possibilities.

Andy Fearn, Direct.or & co-founder of, runs the Outreach and Learning programme working with schools, young people, marginalised communities, decision shapers in media and culture, and the wider UK public seeking to increase understanding of the processes that lead to prejudice and Identity based violence.

Becky Warnock, is a London based visual artist and activist, whose work engages with the politics of representation and questions of identity and her practice is rooted in participation and community engagement.

Grace Gelder, is a freelance photographer and educator and who has exhibited and published in the UK and abroad. Her practice explores inter-personal relationships, dynamics and the intersection of photography and other disciplines and regularly designs and leads course for galleries, museums and universities.

Ingrid Guyonis a photographer, filmmaker and participatory visual media practitioner of passionate advocate of a better world through community engagement and self-representation. In 2009, she established Fotosynthesisa social enterprise that specialises in participatory photography.

Tom Elkins, Chief Executive Officer,, has worked for a number of voluntary sector organisations, focusing on issues relating to equality, disability, and empowering individuals and communities to campaign for better services and policies.

Kallina Brailsford, Chair, founder of and a PHD candidate in Participatory Photography and young people

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Thank you for the generous support from Stanhope

Photography on Gender Based Issues: Strengths and Limits

Imperial College
80 Wood Lane
London W12 0BZ 

04 February 2019 18:00 – 20:00

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©Wamaitha Ng’ang’a
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Join us for a presentation and discussion on projects exploring the role of photography in representation of masculinity and tackling gender based violence.

Speakers: Giovanna del Sarto (photojournalist)  and Antonia Porter (concept writer and audio) presenting their multimedia project ‘Still figuring Out What it Means to be a Man’, exploring masculinity in the context of South Africa. Wamaitha Ng’ang’a (photojournalist)  presenting ‘Speak Out‘ an ongoing photography project on women telling the stories of survivors of domestic violence. The event is supported by: Imperial College London

The event is kindly supported by Imperial College London