Taking Part Talks

  If you’re interested in how issues related to representation and engagement, intentions and benefits, process and product, and ethics and aesthetics, play out in socially engaged photography, the Taking Part Talks are happening in Brixton, London this coming Saturday the 10th of March. Speakers include Gemma-Rose Turnbull, Eva Sajovic, Wright & Vandame, D. Wiafe, Sophie … Continue reading

Answer U.S. Prisoners’ Questions With Photos

How do you describe your culture, your nation? Would you describe it differently to someone overseas? Would you describe it differently to someone in prison overseas? What if that prisoner overseas asked you not to use words but to use images in your response? These are not hypothetical questions, at … Continue reading

The Fish That Never Swam

While not an exclusively collaborative project Kirsty Mackay is incorporating some measures of participation and shared representation into her new body of work (for which she was just awarded the Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award for developing photographers), The Fish That Never Swam. In this series Mackay is revisiting Glasgow, her … Continue reading

Taking Part at Photofusion

Taking Part A group exhibition of socially-engaged photography by Eva Sajovic, Gemma-Rose Turnbull, D. Wiafe, and Wright & Vandame. Curated by Anthony Luvera. 22 February – 17 March 2018 Photofusion 17a Electric Lane London, SW9 8LA Tue to Sat 10.30am – 5.30pm   In September 2016, Photofusion launched a participatory photography residency … Continue reading

What matters is what you do with the image: JR’s Inside Out

Interview with Marc Azoulay, manager of JR’s Inside Out project.   As far as participatory arts experiments go, Inside Out is staggering for its scope and scale. The French photographer JR launched the global participatory art project when he won the $1million Ted prize in 2011. He is the youngest … Continue reading

Young People’s Guide to Self-portraiture

In the summer of 2016, Anthony Luvera collaborated with a group of eight young people aged 16-21 years to research self-portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery. Out of this research they created the Young People’s Guide to Self-portraiture as part of the NPG’s Heritage Lottery-funded project following the acquisition of Flemish Baroque … Continue reading

A conversation about conversation with Ben Krewinkel

  How do you tell a story of an undocumented immigrant? In my first approach I tried using the sheer documentary mode of telling a visual story, just to find out I still couldn’t get a grip on the complete story. For the project A Possible Life, I tried a … Continue reading

Culture Shifts brochures

Culture Shifts is a socially engaged photography programme, working with 11 national and international photographers embedded in communities across seven areas of Liverpool City Region. The project seeks to support communities to explore their stories in a way that is meaningful to them. Collaborating with photographers, communities have co-authored a series of … Continue reading

Let Us Eat Cake

In 2017 the rights of LGBTQ+ people across the United Kingdom may appear to be equal and secure. However, in Northern Ireland today, marriage equality for queer people does not exist as it does elsewhere in the UK or in the Republic of Ireland. Reported homophobic hate crimes have risen … Continue reading

Free Photo Portraits: Brixton Pound

“The Taking Part residency is an extremely exciting opportunity, which acknowledges a rich history of community-based photographic practice within the UK, but also highlights the way in which methodologies of participation and collaboration––making work with people, rather than taking photographs of people––is becoming an increasingly refined and innovative contemporary practice. – … Continue reading

Q&A: Gemma-Rose Turnbull

  first published September 21st, 2017 at Strange Fire Collective   Gemma-Rose Turnbull is an Australian artist, writer, Senior Lecturer in photography at Coventry University, and the joint Course Director of the MA Photography and Collaboration with Anthony Luvera, which is due to launch in January 2018. Gemma’s research interests lie … Continue reading

Photography as Wellbeing

  Between November 2016 and September 2017 Gary Bratchford and Robert Parkinson undertook an onsite residency in Halton, Liverpool, as part of the Open Eye Cultural Shifts project. During this 10-month period they worked with two distinct and pre-determined groups; The Women of Windmill Hill in Runcorn and the Widnes Vikings … Continue reading

Winds of Change: A collaborative project by Tony Mallon and the Women of Northwood’s Golden Years group.

As part of the current Culture Shifts programme led by Open Eye Gallery, (which I manage, in the role of Creative Producer), I wanted to delve into more detail about the methodologies employed by photographic artist Tony Mallon. Mallon, a Liverpool (UK) based photographic artist, has a strong history of … Continue reading

The Blind Photographer: the remarkable world of sensory photography

  The Blind Photographer, published at the end of last year by Redstone Press, is a photography book that challenges our conception of what it means to see. Showcasing the work of more than fifty blind or partially sighted photographers from around the world, it celebrates the thriving and counter-intuitive … Continue reading

In Assessing ‘Photo Requests From Solitary’ Let’s Ask If the Image Meets the Prisoner’s Brief?

“I would like to receive a photo of the new world trade centre buildings, in whatever stage of rebuilding they’re in. A nice view from a nearby building would be nice. Could the photographer take the photograph from a nearby rooftop?” Terrence’s request answered by Anthony Tafuro for Photo Requests … Continue reading

Q&A: Mark Strandquist

first published January 28th, 2016 at Strange Fire Collective   Mark Strandquist is a cultural organizer who has spent years using art as a vehicle for connecting diverse communities to build empathy and support for social justice movements. At the core of his practice is the belief that those most … Continue reading

Shock and Awe: An interview with Ethan Rafal

I met Ethan when we were artist mentors together at Southern Exposure in 2015. Since then I have watched his practice grow into the world in a way that I find really exciting and that I really relate to. So I asked him if he would let us explore his practice a … Continue reading

SHARED VISION: DIÀNA MARKOSIAN with Rebecca McClelland

The work of Magnum Photos’ Diàna Markosian takes documentary photography into new, collaborative territory where the subject becomes co-creator. Ahead of their interview at PhotoLondon, photographic director Rebecca McClelland talks to Markosian about her process   This article was originally published on CREATIVE REVIEW and is republished here with permission. This … Continue reading

Culture Shifts

Culture Shifts is a new socially engaged photography programme led by Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK and supported by a strategic touring fund from Arts Council England. Working across a host of social housing, local authority culture and health partners and communities across the Liverpool and Merseyside city regions, we … Continue reading

PH15: the Argentine youth photography project

17 years of photography workshops in the same community: A conversation with Moira Rubio Brennan and Miriam Priotti, directors of PH15.     As participatory, collaborative and community-based photography projects proliferate, initiatives that stand the test of time stick out from the crowd.  This is not to say that projects … Continue reading

Landmark Collaborative Work by New Mexico Prisoners and Photographer in the Early Eighties

This article is reposted from Pete Brook’s website Prison Photography     I’ve heard from a couple of folk that when I started Prison Photography, they laughed at its folly. Not only had a bleeding-heart liberal thug-hugger come along to explain a world no-one cared about to no-one in particular, but … Continue reading

Some Time Between Us

Some Time Between Us is a project initiated by Emily Fitzgerald and the Hollywood Senior Center to bring together a group of 22 middle school students from Beaumont Middle School and older adults from the Hollywood Senior Center. Fitzgerald and the Hollywood Senior Center group previously worked on the project Being … Continue reading