Photobook #5 Gathered Leaves by Alec Soth ‘To me the most beautiful thing is vulnerability’ – Alec Soth US-based documentary photographer Alec Soth’s latest publication, Gathered Leaves, the title of which is taken from a Walt Whitman poem, Song of Myself, (1885), brings together signature works from the award-winning photographer’s oeuvre as a playful photo boxset. As such it not only functions as the catalogue that accompanies the touring exhibition of the same name (on show at the Media Museum London until 28 March), but it is also a collectible object in its own right. In 2008, Soth founded his Read More...

To coincide with the Skin & Blister exhibition, we have scheduled the following events: EXHIBITION EVENT Establishing & Sustaining Your Practice: The benefits of working collectively Speakers: Sophie Gerrard, Melanie King, Laura Solomons. Chaired by Anthony Luvera Thursday 25 February, 19:00 £5.00 (£3.50 Members) This event will present creative examples that highlight how working collectively can significantly support early career artists to establish their practice through providing mutual support, collaborating on projects, sharing ideas, feedback and contacts, co-curating exhibitions and, very practically, sharing space and resources. BOOK HERE MEMBERS’ EVENT Working Collectively: Then & Now Speakers: Sophie Davis, Esther Eichmann, Read More...

T S Eliot’s The Waste Land poetry and photography project Working in partnership with Evelyn Grace Academy and Brixton Learning Alliance Photofusion trained a team of 15 volunteer photographers to work with 180 year 8 students from Evelyn Grace Academy. Across 4 days, students worked with digital and polaroid cameras to make photographic interpretations of T S Eliot’s poem, The Wasteland. Waste Land inspired poems and photographs were later displayed at the school and 6 winners were selected to have their work shown in the Electric Lane gallery outside Photofusion. Read More...

Every summer Photofusion’s community department fundraises to run at least 1 week of free summer activities to local young people. In these open-access creative weeks we open up our facilities to local young people who are keen to experience the breadth of photography. Recent summer schools have including sourcing unusual objects from the Brixton Market to make distinctive pinhole cameras, double-exposure workshops, studio photography sessions and photo-collage projects. Read More...

As well as stills photography, Photofusion run video and moving images courses for young people. Most recently we ran a series called “Film On Film” which we ran in partnership with The Princes Trust. On this programme we looked at the long love affair between photography and cinema. A list of self-referential films that celebrate and challenge photography was drawn up studied. To give students a full induction into filmmaking we partnered up with no.w.here lab, a photo-chemical film lab and education centre. Here students were able to use Bolex cameras and process their own 16mm film. Below are some Read More...

In 2013 Photofusion’s youth panel worked with partners at the Black Cultural Archives and Lambeth Archives to uncover some of the stories of the British Black Panther movement. Realising that the oral history of the British Black Power Movement was little-known they set about uncovering the stories and sharing it. During the 3 month project, the team of 15 young photographers interviewed former Black Panthers, photographed them, and turned their discoveries into a exhibition, book and short documentary. More info… Read More...

Working in partnership with the iDream Alliance (198 Contemporary Arts and Learning & Raw Material, Alford House, SE1 United and Streatham Youth and Community Trust), Photofusion run creative workshops for young people who are affected by drug or alcohol abuse. Using an asset based model the programme aims to build on young people’s strengths rather than categorising them according to their deficits. The programme consists of building blocks of positive activities including group work and creative workshops, allowing participants to gain skills in design, graphics, t-shirt making and clothing retail, photography, moving image, rap, lyricism, spoken word, music and sound Read More...

After a pilot programme funded by Lambeth Youth Offending Team, Photofusion were successful in securing three year funding from Children In Need to run photography and performance workshops for single-gender groups of young men and young women from Lambeth Youth Offending Team. On these ten week courses, young people learn camera skills and work in groups to discuss, create and explore what healthy relationships are to them in their lives. Read More...

Photofusion SALON/15 exhibition is representative of the diverse community of Members who are working across all genres of photography. Miranda Gavin reviews. Read More...

Blog post announcing the winners of our SELECT/16 Members’ Exhibition, including Emma Evelyn Speight, Andrew Meredith, Andrew Youngson and Caroline Jane Harris. Read More...