IN FOCUS

26th February 2024, 7 pm
Riverside Studios
101 Queen Caroline Street
London W6 9BN

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Photojournalism Hub and Riverside Studios are delighted to announce Denise Laura Baker and Etienne Bruce as the featured photographers for ‘In Focus,’ a captivating series of photography events. This series delves deep into the realm of socially engaged documentary photography, using the lens as a powerful tool for engagement and exploration. The event includes presentations, live interactive Q&As and a social.
Etienne Bruce will present us Xenitia, which is an archive, centered on displacement to Greece. It is framed by two motifs: “nostos” (Classical Greek; to return home, homecoming) and “algos” (Classical Greek; pain, grief). Together, these affect-laden words form the root of “nostalgia”. “Xenitia” itself is a Greek term that encompasses the state of being a foreigner, otherness, estrangement, loss, distance, and a profound yearning for home soil. And Dr. Denise Laura Baker will share Deeds, Not Words: motivations and methods of resistance from a photographer’s perspective, currently being shown until April 13th at Gallery 74, Waterside Arts in Sale, Manchester, which explores the myriad ways photography crosses into the realm of activism and the complex relationship between photojournalism and activism.

Denise Laura Baker is a socially engaged photojournalist and documentary photographer and storyteller, focusing on environmental and social issues, climate change, activism, and community. Through these she explores themes of connection, journeys, identity, change and transition. Denise’s photographic and creative work draws on influences from her career as a visual artist, and her previous career as an ethnographic psychologist where she interviewed and collected the stories of the people with whom she worked. In March 2020 she was featured as an emerging female photographer in film  https://analoguewonderland.co.uk/blogs/film-news/female-voices-in-film-denise-laura-baker and in 2021 and 2022 she won PX3 State of the World. She has published numerous photographs in the mainstream press as well as photo essays in magazines such as New Internationalist, Open Democracy and Novara Media. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions as well as solo shows most notably LLAWN Llandudno Arts Weekend in 2019, Galeri Caernarfon, North Wales 2022, Islington Climate Centre 2023, The Black E Gallery in Liverpool as part of The World Transformed 2023 and Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool 2023. Denise’s work is currently being shown until April 13th at Gallery 74, Waterside Arts in Sale, Manchester. 
Denise teaches and mentors, runs community arts workshops, and has received funding through the Arts Council for Wales, Creative Gwynedd, RBKC Creative Grants, The Westway Trust and Imaginary Millions. With Deeds, Not Words (Deeds, Not Words: motivations and methods of resistance from a photographer’s perspective) Denise explores the myriad ways photography crosses into the realm of activism and the complex relationship between photojournalism and activism. In this project she examines protest through the female eye, which has enabled her to connect with her own background in activism as well as others, and her relationship to photography as activism. @deniselaurabaker

Etienne Bruce is an Anglo-French visual artist, editorial photographer and educator currently based in London, UK. Her project-based work is a form of documentation driven by an engagement with the nature of the photographic image, which often includes an element of recording oral histories. A preoccupation with the relationship between form and content has led her to embrace different modes of expression including text, movement, sound, space, sequence and literary forms as portals through which to re-examine documentary image-making practice and embrace its inherent ambiguity. Through her work, Etienne seeks to challenge her perceptions and reinterpret things as she understands them while always striving to engage respectfully and collaboratively with the people and stories that are central to her practice. Etienne is a member of Women Photograph, she is Education & Training Manager at The Photography Foundation, and her book Xenitia was published by Zone6 Press in 2023. @etienne_bruce

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Photojournalism Hub x Riverside Studios (Dec 2023)

11th December 2023 7 pm
Riverside Studios
101 Queen Caroline Street
London W6 9BN

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We’re delighted to welcome Maria Tomas Rodriguez and Ollie G. Monk to the 38th edition of the Photojournalism Nights.

Photojournalism Nights invites contemporary photojournalists and documentary photographers to share their powerful, committed photography and engage audiences to social justice and human rights. It invites interactive Q&A’s , and an opportunity for people to connect and network with photojournalists and likeminded audiences. Our guest speakers of this last edition of the year 2023 use traditional journalistic methodologies in their work documenting migration and the human stories of hope and death as well as delving on the impact corporates and their increasing power shadowing accountability.

Maria Tomas- Rodriguez is a Senior Lecturer of Control Systems Engineering and Mechatronics at The City University of London, United Kingdom. Since 2016 I have combined her academic profession with documentary photography projects mostly within the field of social inequalities and human rights. She has received photography training through courses and seminars at the Westminster College, The Photographer’s Gallery and Royal Photographic Society, United Kingdom.
She won the British Photography Award in documentary category in 2019, she also has won the second prize at the International Photography Awards in Editorial/sports category and she has also been finalist at the Travel photography of the year in 2020. Her work has been published both in UK and Spanish media.
@photomtr

Ollie G. Monk is a photojournalist using local stories to paint a bigger picture of the contemporary issues facing Britain. Using traditional journalistic methods such as investigation, interviews and (arguably obsessive) research, he builds narratives that encourage the viewer to look for nuance and significance in the smallest of stories, putting an emphasis on the local in an increasingly global media landscape. We do not need to stray far to find stories worth telling.
Based in south-west London, he is in the final stages of a postgraduate degree at the London College of Communication while also working towards teaching documentary practice, mentoring both at King’s College London and the London College of Communication. For the last year, he has been working on two major projects. Comms Failure is an investigation into the difficulty of keeping companies like Thames Water accountable to the public they serve, and was exhibited in Copeland Gallery, Peckham this year. 
Meanwhile Protest Pen, an ongoing project, is the story of a photographer’s journey into the Truth Seeker or Truther movement told over the course of five zines. Known as conspiracy theorists to some, the beliefs they share are often based on the most tenuous or tangential of evidence, relying on one’s own internal logic and anecdote — you must only cast doubt on the status quo for a theory to become worthy of discussion. Excerpts of informal interviews with Truthers build an overall narrative; however, when paired with portraits and documentary images of the group in their own space, the viewer is forced to confront them not as stereotypes and slogans, but as people, no longer hidden behind brash, choreographed online personas. Social isolation, family tragedies, and mental illness: the community is not simply a fringe political group, but a refuge for those who, like so many of us, have felt lost and scared in a broken world that seems just too complicated to fix.
@olliegmonk

Photojournalism Hub x Riverside Studios (2nd Edition)

We’re delighted to welcome Zula Rabikowska and Giorgia Tobiolo to the 35th edition of the Photojournalism Nights. To join us register HERE

Photojournalism Nights invites contemporary photojournalists and documentary photographers to share their powerful, committed photography and engage audiences in social justice and human rights causes. Photojournalism Nights event is an opportunity for the public to ask questions, found out how to be involved and learn insights behind the powerful photos stories that are helping advance social justice and human rights around the world. After the presentations, the audience and the guest photographers can continue conversations and socialising in Riverside Studios bar and coffee lounge area.

Zula Rabilowska is a Polish queer photographer and visual artist based in London. Zula was born in Poland, grew up in the UK and her experience of migration influences her photography practice. Zula’s projects explore migration, gender and LGBTQI+ communities with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe and her work unpicks the binary understanding associated with the “West” and the “East”. Zula works with multimedia, film, and photography, and incorporates archival images and documents to challenge conventional visual story-telling norms. Zula holds an MRes in French Postcolonial Literature from the University of Warwick and an MA in Documentary Photography from the University of the Arts London. Zula exhibited as a solo artist in London (England) and Belfast (Northern Ireland), and her group shows include Format Festival (UK), Brighton Photo Fringe (UK), Lahti Fringe Festival (Finland), Gothenburg Fringe Festival (Sweden) Urban Banks Berlin (Germany) and Enjoy Museum of Art Beijing (China). Zula’s work has been published internationally including Dazed and Confused, the British Journal of Photography, the BCC, The Times. Guardian, The Calvert Journal. Zula works as a photographer in Europe, and a photography lecturer at Kingston University London, she is also a co-founder of the Red Zenith Collective, an online platform for non-binary and female artists from Central and Eastern Europe. Zula will be presenting 2 projects, “Nothing but a Curtain” and “Scared to Love.” Her photographs from “Nothing but a Curtain” will be exhibited a the Four Corners in October with the Private View on Thursday 12th October. All are welcome, please register here: https://www.fourcornersfilm.co.uk/whats-on/nothing-but-a-curtain IG: @zula.ra and zulara.co.uk

Giorgia Tobiolo Giorgia is an Italian documentary photographer and educator, based in London. Raising internal questions stimulates Giorgia to examine the external environment. In this two-way relationship, she is keen to reveal the humanity, diversity, and vulnerability of labelled or stereotyped subjects, often objects of prejudice. Ultimately with her practice, she aims to break down the indifference towards certain topics and give a voice to people that need recognition, support, or inclusion. Besides her MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the University of Westminster, she has completed an Internship with Magnum Photos. Giorgia has, and continues to, collaborate with schools, festivals, charities, associations, private clients, magazines and institutions such as UAL, The British Academy of Photography, Urban Photo Fest, Photography Oxford Festival, the Calthorpe Project, Caritas Foundation, Migrants Resource Centre, the Prison of Pescara, Reuters Institute, CNN, AlJazeera, Source Magazine and more. IG: @giorgiatobiolo and giorgiatobiolo.com

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