Ingrid Guyon is a photographer, filmmaker and participatory visual media practitioner passionate advocate of a better world through community engagement and self-representation. As the founding and Executive Director of Fotosynthesis, a social enterprise that specialises in participatory photography, and video.Trained by PhotoVoice and InsightShare, she has 10 years experience in implementing participatory media projects in London and internationally within the education, museums and development sectors. She is also commissioned by international NGOs, cultural institutions and companies as a photographer and film-maker specialising in ethical photography, comms,. portraiture, events and reportage.
Recently, she has been using photography and filmmaking as tools for peacebuilding and reconciliation and make visible the untold stories of the Colombian conflict but also of the resilience of the Colombians women in Colombia and in the diaspora.
I was born in Chalon sur Saone where Nicephore Niepce took his first picture and was raised in Arles, South of France so I guess I was meant to be a photographer! My dad would always sit down with me and my sister to look at the 1935's priceless photo album of the travels that my grand father did while working in the submarines in Asia.
I have lived and worked as a photographer, community worker and photography facilitator in London since 2001 and developed interest in photography while traveling and living in the small village of Uvero Alto, Dominican Republic in 2002-2003. I have never stopped taking pictures since then and graduated at the London College of Communication and Social Anthropology in 2006.
Trained by Photovoice, Insighshare, Centre for Documentary Studies, New Generation and RefugeeYouth in participatory methods, I have delivered more than 30 participatory photography and video projects with diverse groups in Europe, Africa and Latin America showcasing the resulting work in venues such as the Alliance Francaise, BFI, London City Hall, Menier Gallery, Rich Mix and Rivington Place, Museum of Modern Art Santo Domingo.
In London, I found a home within New Generation, a collective of Latin American artists from refugee background who gave me the trust, space and inspiration that makes me who I am now. I also worked as an immigration adviser and inclusion worker for the Latin American community in the Indoamerican Refugee & Migrant Organisation for 5 years and have been photographing the Latin American communities in London since then.I am currently working with Latin Elephant researching and visually documenting the regeneration of Elephant and Castle area and its Latin American community and with the Truth, Memory and Reconciliation Commission of Colombian women in London and Barcelona.
In 2009, I established Fotosynthesis with the aim to encourage social inclusion, self-development and participation through photography and to keep traditional and experimental photography processes alive. I am now a director of Fotosynthesis and continue to undertake photographic assignments around the world and am an associate of Insightshare developing and delivering participatory video projects for Communication 4 Development internationally.
I am particularly interested in Portraiture, Peacebuilding, Constructive Journalism, Traditions and Culture, Migrations, Memories, Urban landscape, Human Rights, Latin America especially Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Recycling and experimenting new techniques are key to my work pushing the limit of photography using alternative-printing processes.
United States Institute of Peace, Conciliation Resources, Institute of Peace of Catalunya, Unicef, Latin American Women's Rights Services, Southbank Centre, The Children's Society, Southbank University, London Borough Councils of Camden, Islington and Lambeth, Refugee Youth, Jesuit Refugee Services, Latin Elephant.
- Shortlisted for Marylin Strafford Photoreportage Award 2017
- Human Right Watch Photography 2014
Participatory Photography Masterclass, El Observatorio, Barcelona, January 2018
The nitty Gritty of Participatory Photography, ‘Right In Focus’ seminar, ABP Autograph, May 2018
Participation in Photography: Memory, Archives and Authorship, Urban Photo Fest, Goldsmith University, 2013
‘Community matters’, in conversation with Noni Stacy, Moose on the Loose Festival 2013
Arts Awards with Young people and participatory photography, A New Direction, 2013
‘The hidden wall’, Saharawis festival , Rich Mix, London, 2007
Participatory photography workshop with Antonio Amador with local communities responding to ‘Siembra de la vida’ exhibition, Centro Civico Barceloneta, Barcelona, ICIP, April 2018
Literacy and Numeracy Through Photography in 32 primary schools clases, Lambeth, 2014-2018
Participatory Photography for Peacebuidling, Build Peace Conference, Bogota, Colombia, Dec 2017
Lumen and Photograms workshop, Sion Manning Grammar School for Girls, 2017
Digital Photography, London Transport Museum, Designology, 2016
Cyanotype workshop, PhotoImagen RD, Centro de Imagen, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2014
Digital Photography Residential for Young Refugees, RefugeeYouth, Yorkshire, UK, 2014
Pinhole workshop, Festival of Love, Southbank centre, 2014
Cyanotype workshop, Family Learning, Oval Cluster, 2014
Pinhole workshop, Kingswood Primary Saturday School, 2014
Digital Photography, Photovoice bursaries, 2013
Photogram and cyanotype workshop, Abbey manor College, 2013
Sensory Photography, Refuge In Films , British Film Institute, 2013
Cyanotype Family Project, Intergenerational Project, Hackney City Farm, 2013
Cyanotype workshops, Summer Program, Creative Sparkworks & Lambeth Council, 2012-2013
Cyanotype workshop, Intergenerational Project in Greenwich, 2011-2013
Liquid Light Printing, Fotosynthesis, 2012
Sensory Pop Up Studio Mexfest, Rich Mix, 2012
Camera Obscura, Fotosynthesis with Eva Sajovic, Studio at the Elephant, 2012
Sensory Photography Lead Facilitator, Photovoice and OBAC, 2009-2010
PROFESSIONAL POP STUDIO PORTRAITS
Truth, Memory and Reconciliation Commission of Colombian women, Conciliation Resources, June & September 2016, London / Septembre & Novembre 2017, Barcelona, Spain
Colectiva de Mujeres Colombianas Exiliadas, Refugiadas y Migradas of Spain, ICIP, Octobre 2017
‘Sin Fronteras’ Young Latin American Project, Latin American’s Women’s Rights Services, 2016
‘Change Makers’ and ‘Festival of Us, Southbank Centre , London, 2015
Self-portraits and identity with young people, Treasure House, London, 2016
‘Makers’ Project products, Creative Sparkworks, 2014
The Children’s society 100 portraits of Intergenerational Project in Greenwich, 2011-2013
Summer Party , Jesuit Refugee Services UK, 2014-2015
St Guy’s St Thomas Hospital Away Day, 2013
L&Q, Ashmole Tenants Association, Ethereld Children Centre, 2012
Photo montage around migration, Identity and representation Refuge In Films 2008-2012