Photographer, filmmaker and participatory visual media practitioner passionate advocate of a better world through community engagement and self-representation. As the founding and Executive Director of Fotosynthesis, a social enterprise that specialises in participatory photography, she has 10 years experience in delivering lens based commissions and implementing participatory media projects in London and internationally within the education, museums and development sectors. Clients include: United States Institute of Peace, Conciliation Resources, Institute of Peace of Catalunya, Unicef, Latin American Women's Rights Services, Southbank Centre, The Children's Society, Southbank University, London Borough Councils of Camden, Islington and Lambeth, Refugee Youth, Jesuit Refugee Services, Latin Elephant.
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In 2009, I established Fotosynthesis with the aim to encourage social inclusion, self-development and participation through photography and to keep traditional and experimental photography processes alive. I am now a director of Fotosynthesis and continue to undertake photographic assignments around the world and am an associate of Insightshare developing and delivering participatory video project for Communication 4 Development internationally.
I was born in Chalon sur Saone where Nicephore Niepce took his first picture and was raised in Arles, South of France so I guess I was meant to be a photographer! My dad would always sit down with me and my sister to look at the 1935's priceless photo album of the travels that my grand father did while working in the submarines in Asia.
I have lived and worked as a photographer, community worker and photography facilitator in London since 2001 and developed interest in photography while traveling and living in the small village of Uvero Alto, Dominican Republic in 2002-2003. I have never stopped taking pictures since then and graduated at the London College of Communication and Social Anthropology in 2006. I have started producing short documentary films in 2015.
Recently, she has been using photography and filmmaking as tools for peacebuilding and reconciliation and make visible the untold stories of the Colombian conflict but also of the resilience of the Colombians women in Colombia and in the diaspora.
I am particularly interested in Portraiture, Peacebuilding, Constructive Journalism, Traditions and Culture, Migrations, Memories, Urban landscape, Human Rights, Latin America especially Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Recycling and experimenting new techniques are key to my work pushing the limit of photography using alternative-printing processes.
United States Institute of Peace, Conciliation Resources, Institute of Peace of Catalunya, Unicef, Latin American Women's Rights Services, Southbank Centre, The Children's Society, Southbank University, London Borough Councils of Camden, Islington and Lambeth, Refugee Youth, Jesuit Refugee Services, Latin Elephant, Insightshare, Sisters For Change.
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|John helps mediate cross-border disputes in his township on the border between Nimba, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire, part of People building peace campaign for International Peace Day 2017|