Photojournalism Hub x Riverside Studios (Dec 2023)

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

To Join us: HERE

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.

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.

About Me, and my Community – issue 2

In the second edition of ‘About Me, and my Community’, we present stories and photography on ‘The impact of regeneration on local communities’. The published stories look at the positive and negative aspects of regeneration, the changes of local spaces such as local markets and shops as well as explore what community means in a personal level.

Stories, Reporting Mag and Photography Course

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Learn to work as a photographer, produce a portfolio and have your work published.

A photography course, visual narrative and portfolio development programme free for youth who have an interest in telling stories through photographs and developing skills and a media portfolio through practical photography assignments, publishing own work, receiving mentorships which will support further education and/or career development in the media and arts industry.

This 6 months programme will include learning photography and developing photo stories through assignments and personal projects including leading to the creation of a strong portfolio of work, key for pursuing a career in media and/or entry to further education. Furthermore, participants will also receive 1:1 mentorship and portfolio reviews, as well as hands-on learning by industry professionals and exciting gallery and photography based visits.

During the programme, you will produce photo magazines Youth Reporting Mag to be published online and distributed in print form, and at the end of the programme your work will be showcased at a public Photography Exhibition.

Photography course starting on the 17th September 2022 at the Bishop Creighton House.

What you will gain

Our photography and storytelling programme is designed to give participants a space to learn about documentary photography and photojournalism and express who you are and what you care about, further develop reporting skills, writings, photo editing, photo book designing, video and audio reporting.
The programme is a great opportunity to gain practical experience of following an assignment and/or develop your own photography project, receive peer support and develop connections with like minded people.
Furthermore, you will gain a portfolio of visual work which is a key for entering further education in the media and arts industry and/or for gaining work opportunities.
Our programme allows participants to express their views, gain confidence and form meaningful relationships with fellow participants as well as be equipped with empowering tools to enter the media industry.

Who can apply

This is suitable for youths up to 32 years old, living in Hammersmith and Fulham with an interest in photography, and the creative arts. No previous experience is required. This programme is completely free and funded by Hammersmith and Fulham and the National Lottery.

How to apply

You can apply by registering on this Link and we will be in touch with you to discuss the programme. If you would like to learn more about the programme, you are welcome to email us :

The project is kindly supported by the National Lottery, Hammersmith & Fulham Council, Sobus and NHS Trust West London.

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