Photojournalism Hub in Conversation with Ryan Thomas

Som Prabh from the Photojournalism Hub was in conversation with award winning photojournalist Ryan Thomas on his photobook ‘Everything Will Kill You, So Choose Something Proactive’. The photobook is a collection of images shot from 2018 to 2022, mostly shot in Britain, with additional photographs taken in America and France. The work focuses on sublime, chaotic, and even peaceful (albeit disruptive) elements and has become an exploratory research into the similarities that bind rapidly fluid groups of people and the unpredictable energy that ensues. Ryan is a 23-year-old photojournalist currently based in Bristol, UK. He has an MA in Photojournalism from the University of Wales Trinity St. David’s Swansea. Ryan grew up in rural Wisconsin but have deep roots embedded in west Wales, the Land of my Fathers. Ryan covers a range of documentary subjects and has worked with a number of charities and enjoys being involved with intimate and personal projects just as much as the active aspects of protests and rallies. He has had editorial commissions with Huck Magazine, WalesOnline, Daily Mom, Oxfam UK, and DeafBlind UK and has had the good grace to be shortlisted for RPS International Photography Exhibition 164 2022 and reached 3rd place at the Arizona Congressional Photo Competition 2016.

To contact Ryan directly:
Email: ryanarwynthomas@gmail.com
Instagram: ryanthomas.photography
Twitter: ryanthomasphoto
To order a copy of the book: https://www.ryanthomasphotography.co

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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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Photography Workshops and Courses

An exciting upcoming Photography Programme free for H&F community of all ages!


Me, and my Community

Participants of the ‘About us’ project in one of our sessions. Photo: Clare Morris

Photojournalism Hub is offering a series of Photography Courses and Workshops free for the community of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Starting on the 27th June at the Nubian Life Resource Centre in White City, we are offering free Photography sessions for older residents (60+). The sessions will be based on telling stories ‘About Me, and my Community’, whilst being in an encompassing space in which to make new friends and learn the art of Photography and Storytelling.

All participants will be involved in the production of a monthly digital zine to showcase their work and to be part of a public Photography Exhibition. To reserve a place : HERE

Photography Course and Portfolio Development

A participant from our Photography Workshop on Climate Change. Photo: Cinzia D’Ambrosi

A photography course, visual narrative and portfolio development programme free for young people who have an interest in telling stories through photographs and developing skills and a media portfolio through practical photography assignments 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 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 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.

Weekly photography course starting on the 17th September 2022 at the Bishop Creighton House. To reserve a place: HERE

Kindly supported by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, Sobus, NHS Trust West London, National Lottery.



‘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

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©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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PHOTOJOURNALISM NIGHTS

08th June 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 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.

To join us: HERE

Injustices & Inequalities: Covid-19 – Edition 12

Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected communities and individuals who are poor, marginalised, discriminated; has brought to light the existing inequalities and injustices and in some cases how the impact has generated wider repercussions.

Through an Open Call, began at the heights of the global pandemic in 2020, Photojournalism Hub has been collecting photo stories, articles and multimedia pieces on the impact of Covid-19 on the most vulnerable, including the poor, BAME communities, refugees, the elderly, women, the stateless, and asylum seekers.

The submitted stories have been published on the Photojournalism Hub website providing an independent visual investigation on governments missed opportunities and on the scale of systemic failings which have caused sufferings and losses.

We would like to present this independent visual investigation in a series of public events, including a photography exhibition to present a body of evidential work that would leverage and provide a platform for a public discourse to enable recommendations and key actions, for improved, cohesive and inclusive protection of the most marginalised, discriminated and disadvantaged and would provide accountable points in order to advance to social justice for all.

NUESTROS +ESENCIALES (OUR +ESSENTIALS)

Photography by Sebastian Ambrossio

This Photographic-Documentary Report came from a personal concern to show, narrate and visually document through photographs the work of health professionals, of the essential workers who work in the hospital in Mercedes, and those connected to the hospital who work to combat the pandemic. The project explores how health workers dealt with this virus, leaving everything to give the best to patients.
Blas L. Dubarry Acute General Zone Hospital, Sanitary Region X – Mercedes, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

©Sebastian Ambrossio
©Sebastian Ambrossio

©Sebastian Ambrossio
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©Sebastian Ambrossio
©Sebastian Ambrossio

Photography and text:
Sebastian Ambrossio
@sebastianambrossio

Music:
Rodrigo Almas
@rodrigo_al_mar


ANTI-LOCKDOWNS IN IRELAND

Photography by

Krzysztof Maniocha

Photographer Krzysztof Maniocha has documented anti-lockdown protests in Dublin, Ireland. Ireland had one of the longest lockdowns and some of the most controversial restrictions in Europe.  His photographs are presenting moments of clashes between police and protesters, as well as uncovering the existing issues externalised by the imposed restrictions: religion, identity and people’s resistance.

©Krzysztof Maniocha
©Krzysztof Maniocha
©Krzysztof Maniocha
©Krzysztof Maniocha
©Krzysztof Maniocha

Photography:
Krzysztof Maniocha
@krzysztofmaniocha

Photo editor: Cinzia D’Ambrosi

REPORTING OF WAR, AWAY FROM THE FRONTLINES

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

To join HERE

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 at White City Place

Presenting ‘Photography at White City Place’ zines produced with the participants of a series of Photography Workshops at White City Place in November 2021.

With the kind support of Stanhope Plc, Photojournalism Hub facilitated photography workshops for the local community and those working/living within the White City Place. Young and older people of various background and experiences joined in the workshops and worked on a photo story of each other whilst learning the basic of visual narrative and photography. Through the three weeks, participants developed a visual narrative whilst getting to know each other using the grounds of White City Place and surrounding area. They explored interview technique, environmental portraiture, single images and series resulting in creative, inspiring photo stories of each other. Below we share the digital copy of the White City Place Photography Zines. Printed copies are available at White City Place.

Kindly supported by Stanhope PLC