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.

About Me, and my Community – issue 1

‘About Me, and my Community’ is a photography digital visual journal showcasing the work and group activities of older residents of Hammersmith and Fulham, participants of the ‘About Me, and My Community’ photography project run by the Photojournalism Hub.

This first edition showcase photos, poetry and writings reflecting on communities and the environment. We present photographs that highlight the importance of green spaces for our community living and personal introspection. In addition, we also share a beautiful poem by one of our participants dedicated to trees and photographs that highlights moments of collectiveness, visual resonance and reflections.

PHOTOJOURNALISM NIGHTS

21st September 2022 18:00-20:30
The Invention Rooms, Imperial College
Door C, 68 Wood Lane
London
W12 7TA

To Join: HERE (in person) or HERE (online)

Photojournalism Hub presents Encarni Pindado , Jakob Dall and James Hopkirk whose work bring to the attention underreported stories of our times.

Encarni Pindado is an award-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer from Spain. Educated in Spain and London. Her work focuses on social and Human rights issues, particularly on violence, migration, and gender. She publishes in some of the most prestigious media outlets in the English and Spanish-speaking world. Such as The Guardian, BBC, The Sunday Times, Al Jazeera, NPR, Reuters, AP, El País, Univision, EFE, among many others. She also collaborates with international institutions such as the UN, ICRC, Amnesty International, UNHCR, OXFAM among many others.Encarni has a long-term project about Mesoamerican women’s migration, focusing on violence (structural, explicit, and symbolic) as a migratory experience from Central America, in transit through Mexico, to the US. She is currently finishing an MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development at SOAS University. Encarni has won several journalism scholarships and awards including, COVID19 Emergency Found from National Geographic, IWMF “underreported story grant”, Pulitzer (producer team); Peabody Award, Finalist W. Eugene Smith Humanitarian Photography Award with her work “The other side of migration: Central American women”. Her work has been exhibited in different galleries and universities across Mexico, US, and the United Kingdom, and she gives conferences and seminars on migration and photojournalism.

Jakob Dall is a freelance photojournalist with a degree from the Danish School of Journalism. He is based in Copenhagen and works as a photojournalist for several daily newspapers like New York Times, magazines, companies and organizations like Copenhagen University, The Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman’s office and with HRH Crown Prince of the Denmark, he has traveled to Mozambique, Nepal and Bangladesh to document the international work of Red Cross. He has also worked as photo editor and photographer at newspaper Berlingske Tidende and Dagbladet Information in Denmark. Jakob Dall ́s photo stories mainly focus on how individuals are affected by events which often receive little media coverage. Through his photos of people from areas of conflict, disaster and crisis he wishes to show the faces and the realities of life in areas that need attention and help from the international community. In parallel with his frequent assignments for different NGO ́s, Red Cross, Danish Church Aid, CARE, Action Aid …, Jakob is working on a personal long-term project called “Climate Change Documentary”, which illustrates the impact climate change has on living conditions and daily life for people around the world. Jakob Dall has won awards from World Press Photo, Picture of the Year International (POYi), Picture of the year Denmark and an international EISA award for his photo essay about climate change impacts in Ethiopia. He has also received the photographers “Fogtdals Grant” for his specific work with climate change impacts.

James Hopkirk has been working as a writer and photographer for over 20 years. In 2015 he launched the South London Stories project, documenting underreported aspects of life in his community. Working collaboratively with Lambeth residents, often over many months or years, he uses photography, text, film, exhibitions and workshops to explore complex social issues, including immigration, homelessness, food poverty, addiction, mental health and the benefits system. www.southlondonstories.com

Photo Above ©Jakob Dall

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Photojournalism Hub in Conversation with Danny Burrows

On Sunday the 7th of August, Safeena Chaudhry from the Photojournalism Hub was in conversation with multi awarded photographer and journalist Danny Burrows.

Danny was the editor in chief of the pan-European magazine Onboard until 2013, when he left to dedicate himself to his freelance photography and writing work. In 2015, Danny began a long-term project documenting the refugee crisis in Northern France, entitled ‘Indeterminate State’. The project received wide recognition with photographs published in The Guardian, The Express, Huck Magazine, Mpora.com and prints were exhibited at Wells Arts Contemporary Exhibition.

Since August 2018 Danny has been shooting a long-term project entitled TOGETHER (A)PART, which documents the pacifist Anabaptist Christian community of The Bruderhof that practices a unique community of goods and wealth and devotion to god in 23 cloistered communities around the world. TOGETHER (A)PART has been well received both inside and beyond the photographic community, with a long form photo essay published in the Sunday Times Magazine in August 2019; an image was selected for the 2018 YICCA Contemporary Arts Exhibition, in Palermo, where it won a silver medal; A photograph was selected for the KLP International Portrait Prize and exhibited world wide; The project received a Coups de Coeur de L’ANI at the 2019 Visa Pour L’Image and was a finalist at the 2019 Prix Regnier Award in Paris.

Danny is currently seeking support to realise a book of the project TOGETHER (A)PART, which with unprecedented access, he is sharing touching photographs that documents the lives of the Bruderhof communities. Having the book published would offer inspiration for alternative ways of living in our world of perpetual war, hyper-consumerism and mass consumption as well as finding a more valued connection with each other as well as very valued historical testimony of this very reserved religious community.

If you would like to support this extraordinary unique document that describes the realms of ‘another life’ – their rejection of personal property, wealth and technologies, a commitment to god and non-violence – then please share this extraordinary story, and help to make this book a reality HERE

Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gblimitededitions/together-apart-a-photo-book-by-danny-burrows?ref=ksr_email_creator_launch

To contact Danny Burrows directly:

https://www.instagram.com/dannyburrowsphoto/

https://www.dannyburrowsphotography.com/

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Stories, Reporting Mag and Photography Course

©Cinzia D’Ambrosi

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 : admin@photojournalismhub.org

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

PHOTOJOURNALISM NIGHTS

13th July 2022 18:00-20:30
The Invention Rooms, Imperial College
Door C, 68 Wood Lane
London
W12 7TA

To join us HERE

Photojournalism Hub presents three great photographers whose work is rooted by history, anthropological research and ethics. A search that has led to powerful, rich and evocative photography.

Stuart Freedman was born in London and has been a photographer since 1991. His work has been published in, amongst others, Life, Geo, Time, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, The Sunday Times Magazine and Paris Match covering stories from Albania to Afghanistan and from former Yugoslavia to Haiti. The author of three books he is a member of Panos Pictures. https://www.stuartfreedman.com/

Inès Elsa Dalal is a documentary photographer concerned with the ethics of portraiture. She is committed to confronting systemic injustice, such as racism and xenophobia. Born in Nottingham to a Swiss, Italian mother & German, Parsi (Iranian-Indian) father, Dalal’s own mixed heritage informs the tenderness with which she approaches portrait sitters; as well as the communities she co-creates with. Dalal initiates long-form documentary portraiture projects and responds to commissions, while tutoring nationally and lecturing internationally. http://www.ineselsa.com/

Valeria Luongo (Rome, 1989) is a London based documentary photographer and visual anthropologist. She studied anthropology in Rome and in Manchester and led academic research in Mexico for several years. Her photographic approach is characterised by working on long term projects and to fully engage with the subject of her stories. Her work usually focuses on communities, spirituality and gender issues and has been featured in The Guardian, BBC and National Geographic UK, among others. https://www.valerialuongo.com/

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‘Refugees are welcome here’

by Cinzia D’Ambrosi and Safeena Chaudhry

Hundreds protest outside Home Office against Rwanda deportation plan and they shout ‘Refugees are welcome here’. This is the message voiced by demonstrators opposing the government policies which sees deportation of some refugees to Rwanda.

©Safeena Chaudhry

The government claims the policy, belonging to the Nationality and Borders Act, of removing migrants who arrive in the UK illegally will deter people from making dangerous channel crossings, however many including bishops of England have condemned the move as being uncompassionate and intricately divisive and racist.

Among the huge numbers of protesters, many MPs voiced their anger at the policy, including former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who spoke out: “It is an utter disgrace that the British government and other European governments are proposing to outsource refugee processing as Australia. We have to say, ‘Absolutely no!”

Former Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn outrage and concern of the new policy. ©Cinzia D’Ambrosi
Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP was among the speakers in support to refugees not being deported to Rwanda. ©Cinzia D’Ambrosi

©Safeena Chaudhry

©Safeena Chaudhry

©Cinzia D’Ambrosi ©Cinzia D’Ambrosi

©Safeena Chaudhry

Campaign groups such as Care4Calais , activists from various campaign groups gave speeches and chanted: “say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here”.

©Cinzia D’Ambrosi

The effort of these groups, PCS Union and Stand Up to Racism organisations, and all those that have opposed the policy, have mounted a forceful legal challenge to stop the first scheduled flight to Rwanda as part of the offshore detention plan. Solidarity is uniting people as more protests are organised to challenge the government plans.

Photography : Cinzia D’Ambrosi and Safeena Chaudhry

Text & photo editor : Cinzia D’Ambrosi | Photojournalism Hub

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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.

About me, and my community

Photography and Storytelling project ‘About Me, and My Community’ for senior residents (60+) living in London Hammersmith and Fulham.

Nubian Life Resource Centre Ltd
50 Ellerslie Road
London
W12 7BW

1st session is on the 27th June 2022 at 01:30 pm, and every Monday thereafter. To register to this free course: HERE

We invite senior residents (60+) living in London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to take part in a Photography and Storytelling project ‘About me, and my community’.

‘About me, and my community’ is a photography and storytelling project that will provide participants with an encompassing space in which to make new friends and learn the art of Photography and Storytelling.

Participants will be working together taking photos in and around the local communities, and gradually will be exploring and developing their own ideas into photo stories.

During the project, participants will receive guidance and support in tapping into creative processes and will be encouraged to explore places of interest, nurture connections and people; sources of inspiration. Every month, they will have the great opportunity to showcase their work and ideas in a digital zine and at the end of the six month project, they will have the amazing opportunity to be part of a Photography Exhibition.

‘About me, and my community’ is a 6 months project with weekly workshops starting on the 27th June 2022.

During the course of the six months, our weekly meetings will take place at the Nubian Resource Centre, who have offered their lovely space to run the workshops, there will be visits from guest photographers, and related activities such as photography walks, group photography assignments. We will provide equipment for those that do not have a camera or camera phone.

About me, and my community image
©Clare Morris

The project ‘About me, and my community’ is kindly supported by Hammersmith and Fulham Borough, Sobus and NHS Trust.

What is it like to be a young person today

Evaluation Report

Young people photography exhibition

We worked with a group of youths living in White City and Wormholt to talk about their experiences of growing up in the area. We met once a week from January to March and we used photography as a means to represent their lives. Initially the group learned the basics of photography and once they had confidence in using the medium they slowly moved onto working in pairs. They directed their photography, finding their ideal environmental settings, to take photos of each other. As time went on, they started to incorporate in the sessions, their personal experiences. These were coupled with intermittent sessions where all the group engaged in discussions.
We did not input the subject matter, we just facilitated the conversations. We took audio recordings and photos of what they shared as being relevant to their lives.

One of the emerging worry for young people was fear of the future, anxiety which was greatly impacted by Covid-19 pandemic and the drastic changes that it brought to their lives. Loneliness and confusion were also established somewhat by fear of catching covid and the transition from lockdowns to moving back to ‘normal’. One of the participants, expressed very beautifully:

sharing thoughts

Photographically the group worked on expressing what was like to be a young person today, producing great set of photo stories, which they document, their lives through friends, their state of mind, self portraits and photo story on one of the participant.

Following a visual narrative, one of the participants took photos to describe the subject inner life.

Self expression was the method used by this participant, producing a stunning set of landscape photograph that would show their inner mind.

Developed using darktable 3.6.0

The experience of being a young refugee is shown in a beautiful set of photographs. The participants expresses her fears, longing to see their family and hopes for the future.

The teenage world is brought to life by this great set of images captured with a mobile phone. The images document her life through her friends, social life and being together. These photos are wonderfully candid.

The project culminated in a photography showcase part of a Youth Arts Showcase on the 2nd of April at Our Lady of Fatima Hall in White City. The event was a great occasion for the participants to show their work in a public context. The event was attended by many people and was punctuated by presentations and arts workshops. Beneficiaries received a Certificate to award them for their work and participation. They are also officially part of youth arts development team.
Beneficiaries were asked to feedback on the project, at the start of the project, mid way and at the end. We measured:

Improved confidence
Improved wellbeing
Learned new skills
Improved further education, cv, prospects

We are continuing to work with the participants by inviting them to have their say and be part of future arts developments in White City and Wormholt. The project was kindly supported by W12together, who where also the organisers of the Arts Showcase.