Biographies

Fotosynthesis team members © Miguel Amortegui / Fotosynthesis, 2011

Our facilitators are professional photographers, videographers and action researchers who actively support and share their professional experiences and create a welcoming environment, and ensure workshops are focused on the needs and aspirations of participants. All staff are CRB checked and have child protection training. Since our inception, we have built up a strong group of dedicated volunteers who regularly use our assets and offer their expertise.

Our Directors:

Ingrid Guyon was born in Arles, France and has lived and worked as a photographer, community worker and photography facilitator in London for eleven years. Her approach to the photographic medium and to the representations of cultures, news and her career has shifted after her studies in visual anthropology. She became interested in social justice and began to explore connections between participatory research and photographic self-representation and self-expression. Ingrid has delivered many participatory photography projects with many social groups in London, showcasing the resulting work in venues such as the BFI and London City Hall. In 2009 Ingrid used her expertise and connections within diverse communities in London to establish Fotosynthesis. Her aim was to encourage social inclusion and participation through photography, and to keep traditional and experimental photography processes alive. Ingrid is a director of Fotosynthesis and continues to undertake photographic assignments around the world. In 2012 UNICEF commissioned her to document educational programmes in Dominican Republic and she continues to develop projects in the region.

www.ingridguyon.com

David Kendall is a photographer and researcher. He is a graduate of LCC, University of the Arts London and Goldsmiths, University of London where he studied photography and urban sociology. His photographs, spatial research and collaborative projects have featured in exhibitions, festivals, conferences and symposia at museums and academic institutions worldwide. David designs advocacy projects, conducts qualitative research, spatial engagement and consultation strategies and implements media campaigns. He facilitates workshops with NGOs, charities, architects, media and educational organisations including Goldsmiths, University of London, University of the Arts London, Age UK, Groundswell, Tower Hamlets Drug Action Team, Lifeline, Thomson Reuters, Magnum Photos and Architecture for Health In Vulnerable Environments. These projects explore how visual communication, digital storytelling and self-advocacy could be utilised to discover, create and question spatial and social awareness of homelessness, sensory disability, education, housing and health in cities. David is a director of Fotosynthesis and is a visiting research fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. Where he develops participatory research that considers links between collaborative arts practice, urban sociology and citizenship.

www.david-kendall.co.uk

Sara Asadullah studied Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Oxford, UK. After graduation she started working for Survival International, before joining the InsightShare team where she has worked for the last eight years as a facilitator, trainer, and project manager of participatory video projects, both internationally and in the UK. Projects have ranged from long-term capacity-building programmes to shorter term engagements, with diverse groups and issues such as migrants in the UK – issues of integration and asylum; indigenous groups in Asia and the Americas – issues of food sovereignty and climate change resilience; participatory video for monitoring and evaluation of development programming. Partners have included grassroots groups and larger organisations such as the British Council, the United Nations, UNDP, Mercy Corps, Transparency International, Comic Relief, Christian Aid and FairTrade Foundation.

Sara continues to develop new forms of action research and is a director of Fotosynthesis and is an associate of Insightshare.

Fotosynthesis would not exist without the support , time and dedication of amazing volunteers who have made our projects possible, from graphic designers to facilitators, photographers or administrators.

A special thank you to Arek, Micheal, Leyla, Matt, Isabelle, Rhiannon, Helena, Helene, Ed, Miguel, Luis, Caroline, Tina, Alessandra, Osa, Felipe, Marco, Chris, Panchita, Hubert, Ansel, Daniel, Muz, Andrew, Muler and many more.

"Untitled" © Fotosynthesis / Refugee Youth Brandsdale Residential, 2014