Cinzia D’Ambrosi is a Swiss born, Italian photojournalist and documentary photographer based in London. Her photo stories expose issues of marginalisation, oppression and poverty.
She completed a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Her work has been widely published, including Amnesty International, Huffington Post, Vice, PhotoVoice, New Internationalist, Metro, Big Issue, Witness, BBC. She regularly works for charities and in particular Save the Children UK, Shelter, Amnesty, West London Zone, Protection Approaches to name a few.
Her photography work on the exploitation of illegal coal miners in China has been internationally received. It was also featured in a large campaign on the dangers of illegal work in China by the Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese.
More recently, her long term project Transitional’ exposing hidden homelessness in the UK has been nominated by the publisher Dewi Lewis in Source Graduate 2014. The photo book ‘Transitional’ has been selected for the Athens Photo Festival 2015 and exhibited at the Benaki Museum. Today is part of the Hellenic Centre for Photography permanent collection.
Cinzia has won an Award for Best Campaign for her short film ‘Prejudice and us’ by Hammersmith United Charities (2016).
She is a recipient of an Arts Council England Award (2015) for her photo project ‘Greetings from the Estates’. An ‘Awards for All’ grant for ‘Life in Loughborough Estates and an Hammersmith United Charities Award (2016) for a project targeting prejudice and racial discrimination that many young people face in inner urban London.
Her current and ongoing documentary photographic project ‘Hate Hurts‘ on refugees and migrants, victims of hate crimes in Europe has been supported by Amnesty International Greece, the Italian human rights organisation PerDirittiUmani and Amnesty International Italy. Cinzia also maintains a regular page on hate crimes for www.peridirittiumani.com. www.cinziadambrosi.com
Ömür Black is a professional photographer and multimedia producer, living in the United Kingdom and working worldwide, providing editorial and editorial style photography to the media industries including features, portraits, case studies and documentary style work for newspaper, magazine, corporate, PR and NGO clients.
She has produced an assignment in India for the global charity, Plan International and their “Because I am a Girl,” Campaign. One in three girls around the world are denied an education by the daily realities of poverty, conflict and discrimination. Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign aims to support four million girls to stay in education and fulfil their potential.
She interviews and corresponds for Turkish national newspapers and magazines. She also likes producing fine art portraits in her studio in little town Apsley in the UK.
She completed a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.
She has a BA degree in Art History from Istanbul University. www.omurblack.com
Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson
Ingvar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1981. He graduated from The Icelandic Academy of Visual Art in 2007 and studied in Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in Den Haag. Since graduating Ingvar Högni has held solo exhibitions and participated in various group shows in Iceland and abroad.
Ingvar Högni´s works have been published in various books and magazines. Alongside his artistic practices Ingvar Högni was running the artist bookstore and publishing company Útúrdúr in Reykjavik Iceland and have participated in various collaborative artist projects.
Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson lives and works in Reykjavik. www.ihragnarsson.com
Hanna-Katrina was born in London in 1988 and is of British and Polish descent. Her work is concerned predominantly with photography and immersive encounters in theatre and has naturally centred around the European continent and the connections between people, place and history with glances into memory, imagination and personal experiences through which to inform a wider and deeper understanding of a situation.
She completed a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and a BA(Hons) from Rose Bruford in European Theatre.
In 2016 Hanna won the Royal Photographic Society Environmental Bursary to pursue a project about the European Green Belt. In 2015 was nominated for the Tim Hetherington Trust Visionary Award by journalist and film maker James Brabazon, and in 2013 became a winner of the IdeasTap Innovators Award for her documentary photography project inspired by the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Her work has also been supported by the Rose Bruford Jubilee Fund for graduates and The Polish Ex-Combatants Association of Great Britain.
Anna Johansson Smith
Anna is a Swedish born photographer living in the U.K.
Her personal work often deals with the man made landscape; searching for traces of its past as well as its present state.
She has a BA(Hons) Photography from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design and an MA in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography from London College of Communication(LCC). www.annajohanssonsmith.com
Sophie Knittel is a photographer who specialises in documentary photography bordering on narrative. Her work focuses on human and social issues from Roma ghettos and teenagers in Czech Republic with “Chanov” and “Zižkov Gitano”, to the adolescent rite of passage of the Maturity balls, or the historical, architectural, political and sociological origins and aftermaths of the “Panelák”.
Knittel also works on more personal projects such as a series on the illness that almost took her mother, exploring their mother-daughter relationship in “The Fourth Cancer”, or the role of dreams and nightmares in the multimedia piece “Demos Oneiroi”, or her introspective “The Hour of the Wolf”.
Sophie Knittel’s work has been published and exhibited in France, Czech Republic, the UK, Germany, the USA, Cyprus and further afield. She holds a Master degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of Arts London (LCC). She is a member of the collaborative and broadcasting platform Hans Lucas. www.sophieknittel.com
Graham Miller is a Scottish based documentary photographer who focuses on challenging thinking around disability. His previous projects, including Down’s Syndrome and Mental Health issues, have featured widely in the press and solo exhibitions.
As part of his association with M55 Reports he visited Greece in 2015 and spent several days living in a house with young Autistic adults. That work Autism: Hearts of Angels has now appeared in the mainstream UK press and been subject to two solo exhibitions. It was presented as fourteen lightboxes during the European Autism Congress in front of 1500 delegates in late 2016 which then led to an exhibition at the European Economic and Social Committee Brussels. He recently mentored a group of Autistic youngsters in a documentary photography project on the theme ‘Too Much Information’ and curated the resulting work in a exhibition at Scotland’s Macrobert Arts Centre.
Graham will travel to Iceland in June 2017 to begin his new project ‘Light from Dark’ where he works with those affected by Rare Diseases and conditions.
Graham says ‘It’s my aim to get close to my subjects and show how life really is for them through my photographs in a non-judgemental way’. www.photohonesty.org
Stefania Mizara is working as a freelance photojournalist since 2000. She is based in Athens, working with international and French press.
In 2008 she was one of the first journalists to be getting in Gaza strip during the Tsahal bombing, she likes working with humanitarian agencies like for her 2009 story on Karen tribe in Burma. In autumn 2011 she starts working on a web a documentary on self-organisation in Greece as a reaction to the economical crisis, in 2012 she is moving to Cairo for a documentary project on women in Muslim society after the Arab spring.
She has also worked on the issues of the rise of the far right in Greece, the Muslim Brothers in Egypt and the social uprising in Turkey in 2013 with magazines such as Nouvel Observateur, VSD, Der Spiegel and newspapers (Le Monde, La Tribune, Le Parisien, Le Courrier de Geneve). www.stefaniamizara.com
Maria is a Greek photographer based in Burgundy, France. She started photography as a Stills Photographer for feature films. Her work mainly involves children and teenagers in difficult social conditions. In September 2015, Maria started documenting the daily life of children and teenagers in Greek institutions. In parallel, she is accompanying with her images three teenagers in their adult life.
She Holds an MA in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography from the London School of Communication (LCC) and she is a certified Participatory Photography trainer. www.mariamoschou.com
Linka A. Odom
Born with an attraction for adventure and the unknown, photographer Linka A. Odom passed many days while growing up creek walking in her suburban Dallas, Texas neighbourhood. Over the last twenty years she has lived in New York City, Colorado, Los Angeles, and Berlin, currently she resides in New Orleans.
Odom graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1997 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. In December 2012 she earned a Master’s in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography from the University of the Arts in London.
Over the last 10 years Ms. Odom has developed a unique way to showcase her work, using multi-media materials. She began creating photographic light box installations, which allow the viewer to experience her images in outdoor settings. These installations have travelled to numerous festivals all over the world. In July 2012, Ms. Odom won a Getty Images Creative Grant, in which she utilised this technique.
Her extensive photographic catalogue crosses many genres of photography. She is particularly interested in how we view imagery and in exploring new ways of presenting photography. Ms. Odom thrives when challenged and is uniquely interested in people that cultivate a life on the edge. She has adventured and photographed in more than 40 countries over the last 20 years. www.linkaaodom.com
Rosa Verde, a documentary photographer based in the Canary Islands, considers photography as the path to conscious life. After some time working for local news agencies, she decided life was not in the everyday news but in more in-depth, meaningful stories which would allow her to explore her own emotional surroundings.
Interested in sports in general, and basketball in particular, she uses the bouncing ball to get to know the human stories behind the game.
“I really struggle to find the way to be faithful to the stories I want to tell. But, in the end, always happy for the roads travelled, my only hope is that the passion shared with my subjects transcends paper and, somehow, gets the message across to the viewers out there.” www.rosaverde.org
Silva Ferretti, Italian, works as a freelance consultant on development / humanitarian programmes focusing on rights and social change. Her main expertise is programme evaluation / support of participatory approaches. Within this, photography has been more than just an aside: she is increasingly piloting innovative approaches, integrating photography and videos in evaluation work for mayor international NGOs (see CafeEvaluation)
Beyond a degree in Architecture, a MSc in urban planning, a PhD in humanitarian studies she holds a MA in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography from the London School of Communication (LCC). She is a member of the Groshgrup, an atelier exploring inclusion and migration through art and multimedia.