What we do
Fotosynthesis uses participatory photography and research to support social cohesion and give a voice to individuals and communities in the United Kingdom and abroad.
We offer opportunities to communities, companies and other collectives or individuals who have the potential and enthusiasm to benefit from our professional expertise, resources and participatory methods of engagement. Our beneficiaries include individuals whose access to educational and professional opportunities are limited and face certain prejudices such as young people, refugees and asylum seekers, migrants, the unemployed and single parents. We provide training, mentoring, leadership activities and work experience.
We use participatory visual research methods to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where people can develop their critical thinking, generate dialogue and engage with each other in a self-initiating way. We also deliver income-generating activities to support our educational programmes; our charitable status means that our profit goes back to into the communities we work with. We use other action research methods, observation and informal interviews to monitor the progress of individuals throughout workshops and outreach projects.
Our facilitators are professional photographers, videographers and action researchers who actively support and share their professional experiences and create a welcoming environment. Therefore ensuring workshops are focused on the needs and aspirations of participants.Since our inception, we have built up a strong group of dedicated volunteers who regularly use our assets and offer their expertise and professional experiences. All staff are DBS checked and have child protection training.
We have established supportive working relationships with many voluntary organisations, charities, NGO's, educational and cultural institutions. Since our foundation we have worked with more than 2000 people and have been able to attract the attention of funders and high profile partners and clients. Including the Southbank Centre, London Borough of Camden, Jesuit Refugee Service UK, The Children’s Society, Latin Elephant, PhotoVoice, Creative Sparkworks, Hackney City Farm, Refugee Youth, Refuge in Films Festival, , Sight of Emotion / Ojos que sienten, Iniva and Goldsmith University of London. Fotosynthesis creates spaces where everyone is welcome to express themselves and explore their creativity.