Participatory Photography Collaborations

Muybridge, Movement and Me Project

A group ranging from experienced artists to complete beginners was drawn together in the winter of 2010-11 by Kingston Museum to produce a response to the Muybridge Revolutions exhibition at the Museum.

Working alongside myself, filmmaker Susi Arnott and the Museum’s Learning and Access Officer Caroline Burt, the group studied photography and time lapse techniques. Using inexpensive compact stills cameras, each member produced work on the cusp between still and moving images. Their work uses Muybridge’s techniques and themes of time and movement to explore their lives in Kingston, London.

See the group's work at

St Aidans Primary School - Photomapping Our World

In this exhibition, commissioned specially for the Newcastle and Gateshead Juice Festival, children from Gateshead aged 10-11 spent a week with myself and Gideon Mendel learning photography and documenting their own lives. The exhibition and video are currently showing at the Discovery Museum, Gateshead until 2nd Jan 2011.

Image left by Owen.

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Lathom Primary School - A Life Like Mine

One hundred and fifteen pupils aged 8-9 worked with myself and Gideon Mendel to photograph their lives in Eastham in the East End of London. Each child took the camera home for one evening in the depths of winter to show us their lives. Click on the image to see some of their work.

Image at top by Kannan, image left by Ameen.

Through Positive Eyes

Around the world—in half a dozen countries on five continents—HIV-positive people open their lives and share their stories. Through their own photographs, in their own voices, they teach the importance of compassion and the power of living a positive life. Working with Gideon Mendel and a team from UCLA I am the photo-educator in this project. Click on the image to the left to see a sample of the latest work. Also visit the project's site: and see the new poster set designed by Francois Smit: Through Positive Eyes Posters.

Image left by Gugu.





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