Director of FotoDocument & Documentary Photographer
Nina Emett is a documentary photographer and is also founding Director of FotoDocument.
FotoDocument is a unique not-for-profit arts education organisation that brings visibility to positive social and environmental initiatives around the world through the powerful medium of documentary photography installed in high-profile public spaces.
FotoDocument commissions professional photographers to produce extended photo essays in order to inspire, engage and effect behaviour change. They also run competitions and events and create educational resources for schools. FotoDocument officially launched in May 2012.
Over the years Nina has combined a career in documentary photography with leading roles in policy, strategy and management in the public and voluntary sector where she has a track record of conceptualising and delivering complex arts and issue-based projects. Nina was strategic lead on racist hate crime, Brighton & Hove City Council (2006-2009) where she devised and implemented community cohesion measures in collaboration with Sussex Police to reduce racist crimes. She was also policy lead on migration, Brighton & Hove City Council (2005-2006). Within these roles, Nina set up and chaired two city-wide arts festivals, The ONE Event (2005), and Press For Change (2006), drawing audiences of 2,000. She went on sabbatical in 2006 to photograph a therapeutic arts project for genocide survivors in Rwanda for SURF. Previously, Nina was appointed to set up refugee education charity Salusbury WORLD (1999–2003) where she managed a staff team and developed educational services and resources.
Nina has worked as a photographer on commission for a variety of publications, NGOs and businesses including The Independent, The Voice, Amnesty International, The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, Common Purpose, Brittany Ferries, PwC among others as well as working on her own long-term documentary projects.
Nina has a BA Hons in French, Newcastle University (1991), a Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism, University of the Arts, London, (1997) and an MSc in International Development, University of London, (2006). Nina was Chair of performing arts charity BandBazi between 2010 – 2013. She is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (2011) and an alumni of the Common Purpose Dao Xiang Venture (2013) and Dishaa Venture (2015). Nina won a PEA Award for FotoDocument’s One Planet City in October 2015.
BY NINA EMETT
@ VOL 23
ON FEB 25, 2016
“I wanted to create a sense of active global citizenship by engaging the public in powerful story lines.”
In "Empowering Women", from PechaKucha Night Brighton Vol.23, Nina Emett is the founder of UK based arts educational organisation called "FotoDocument". She is passionate about the power of narrative photography to make a difference. Her mission statement: to bring "Active global citizenship".Sharing one of her photo essay, Nina explains how she strives to empower women in India.