White City Place was delighted to host the PhotoJournalism Hub’s talk at White City Place on participatory photography projects with communities and current methodologies. The PhotoJournalism Hub is a platform that promotes social justice issues and engages people to these issues through photojournalism exhibitions, talks and events; they also train vulnerable communities and individuals to use Photojournalism as a tool for positive impact in their lives and societies. Taking place in The Studio in the WestWorks, the event was curated by Cinzia D’Ambrosi, and featured as guest speakers Tom Elkins, CEO of PhotoVoice, Andy Fearn, Director of the charity ProtectionApproaches.org, Ingrid Guyon, Photographer and director of FotoSynthesis, and Becky Warnock and Grace Gelder, who are photographers working in projects using participatory methodologies.
After the speeches, there was a Q&A, which allowed the audience to engage with the panel. The audience was largely made up of people from the local community, who had many questions on how to improve outreach as well as how to ensure that outreach is developed in a respectful, safe manner for the community. The speakers gave relevant examples through talking about their practices around sensitive subjects such as young people and self-harm for instance. Following the Q&A, refreshments were served and attendees were given the chance to ask further questions to the speakers.