Photofusion provides a diverse range of photographic services that continually respond to the revolution and evolution of lens-based imagery. With analogue, digital and moving image facilities, Photofusion delivers vital training, support and career progression to photographers of all abilities.
The centre’s facilities include digital suites, darkrooms, exhibition production services and picture library alongside a contemporary gallery which places an emphasis on showcasing emerging photographers, alongside new work by mid-career artists. The exhibition programme includes artist talks, panel discussions and occasional related masterclasses or workshops.
Alongside its professional development and training programmes, Photofusion delivers a range of crucial outreach engagement projects, working with socially and culturally marginalised young people, offering photographer-led creative programmes, skills-based accredited courses, bursaries and internships in collaboration with local organisations and a range of funding partners.
The continually expanding membership scheme, which has supported many award-winning photographers, now hosts regular, members-only events including practical demonstrations, critical feedback sessions, artist talks and discussions on establishing a photographic practice.
Originally founded as the Photo Co-op in 1979 in Wandsworth, South London, Photofusion has metamorphosed from a small collective of documentary photographers to becoming London’s largest independent photography resource centre, moving to new premises in the vibrant heart of Brixton in 1991 and receiving a National Lottery Award in 1995 for further expansion of premises. In 2018, Photofusion and 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning are working together to deliver an exciting programme of critical artistic development and engagement in Lambeth, building on past collaboration to form a new consortium as a new Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
Photofusion Board of Directors
Katy Barron (Chair of the Board) is a photography curator and Senior Director at Michael Hoppen Gallery in London. She also writes about photography, acts as an advisor for a number of contemporary artists, works as Contemporary Curator for the Ben Uri Museum, and serves as a member of the Maud Sulter Advisory Board. Katy studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art and Oxford University before becoming a curator of painting, firstly at the National Museum of Wales and then the Royal Collection. She developed a passion for photography and left the Old Masters behind in order to work with contemporary photographers and to learn about the history of photography. Katy has subsequently worked with museums, festivals, galleries, collectors and artists in a variety of capacities such as curating exhibitions both in the UK and abroad, running artists’ residencies and prizes, advising museum on acquisitions and mentoring photography groups as well as writing exhibition catalogues and attending portfolio reviews in the UK and abroad.
Bill Knight started in professional photography when he was 18, as a beach photographer at Margate. After a 35 year career break in the law he started again some 17 years ago. Bill photographs people – portraits, theatre, opera, events and the occasional wedding. His work is in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery and has been shown throughout the country in Portrait of Britain. In a former life Bill was senior partner at international law firm Simmons & Simmons, President of the City of London Law Society, Deputy Chairman of Council at Lloyd’s of London and Chairman of the Financial Reporting Review Panel. He was awarded the OBE in 2012 for services to financial regulation.
Wiebke Leister is a German artist and researcher. She studied at the University in Essen (Folkwang Hochschule) and gained a PhD from the Royal College of Art in London. Currently Course Leader of MA Photography at London College of Communication, she is also co-organizer of the Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary research hub and the Writing Photographs research group, convener of the Theatre of Photography research network, a core member of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre and a UAL Teaching Scholar at University of the Arts London. She has exhibited and published her work internationally, organised events at many public institutions and also taught at Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen and The Photographers’ Gallery in London. 2018/19 she will be DAAD Professor of Photography at the University of Applied Science in Bielefeld, Germany.
Emma Mapp is an ex-lawyer who co-founded the London Photo Festival, which gives aspiring photographers a place to showcase their work and the London Photo Gallery, which helps sell the work of newly emerging photographers. She has had her photography recognised with awards and in publications such as The Telegraph, the Metro and in 2016 established the camera bag and strap brand business, Mapp of London.
Christiane Monarchi is the founding editor of the online magazine Photomonitor, dedicated to photography and lens-based media in the UK and Ireland. Christiane writes on photography, curates exhibitions, has served as selector at Brighton Photo Fringe, Photofusion, Uncertain States and Fathom/Four Corners and judged competitions including the Kraszna Krausz Photography Book Award, RPS Photography Exhibition, Picfair Women Behind the Lens, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and Portrait Salon. She has reviewed portfolios for festivals including FORMAT, WPO, Photo Ireland and Kaunas Photo Festival. Christiane holds an MA in Contemporary Art History from Sotheby’s Institute, an MBA from Columbia University and BA (Economics) from Rice University. She previously worked as a financial analyst with positions at CS First Boston, Lehman Brothers and Gartmore Investment Management in the US and the UK.
Nicola Shipley works as a Curator, Producer, Project Manager, Mentor and Consultant specialising in photography. She trained as an art historian, has an MA in History of Art, and a background in the visual arts, including in commissioning, exhibitions, collections, public art, artists education and professional development. She is currently Director of GRAIN Projects, based in Birmingham UK, facilitating the hub and network and leading on the programme and activities which include commissioning new work, curating exhibitions, developing artist’s and photographer’s training, development and networking opportunities, organising talks and symposia and developing new audiences. Recent projects include collaborations with Format International Photography Festival, Magnum Photos, Redeye Photography Network, Brighton Photo Fringe, Library of Birmingham, The Hive Arts Centre, Herbert Art Gallery, Photofusion, Birmingham City University, University of Birmingham, IED – Madrid, Guangzhou Library and British Council China, Ffotogalleriet, Oslo, Appetite – Creative People and Places, MAC and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
Christopher Will is a consultant business analyst, specialising in corporate intelligence and analysis. For the bulk of his career he was an investment analyst focused on European companies. This included 25 years at Lehman Brothers in London. He is a graduate in Law from Aberdeen University, Scotland. More recently he studied photography at Kensington and Chelsea College.
Anne Williams is Creative Director for PhotoLab at London College of Communication. Winner of the Royal Photographic Society Education Award 2012, she has been instrumental in developing a tradition of conceptually strong practice at London College of Communication, and her students and graduates have won many awards. Anne has been engaged as a consultant in various capacities relating to contemporary and fine art photography, arts funding bodies and photography education.
Photofusion Educational Trust
Established in 1991 to provide educational opportunities in photography through workshops and training and through supporting exhibitions which promote a vision of art education for all. The Trust obtained charitable status at the same time as the formation of Photofusion Ltd, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
Photofusion Educational Trust aims to raise income for photography education in London.
Charity Registration No.1007491