what we do
Established in 1988, our mission is to champion the work of artists who use photography and film to highlight questions of race, representation, human rights and social justice.
Through doing so, we invite people to explore the creative and critical power of visual representation in shaping our understanding of ourselves and of others.
Every year we engage hundreds of thousands of people locally, nationally and globally at our gallery in London, digitally and through projects taking place in partner spaces.
we are a place to see things differently
Autograph is an inclusive space where the myriad stories of marginalised people are valued and cared for, presented, published, discussed, shared and spread. We hope that through an encounter with an Autograph project people can discover:
• How photography can speak to many different experiences
• Learn about subjects and stories left out of historical and contemporary visual records
• Recognise their own potential ‘agency’ in making and looking at images every day.
Brilliant insight to voices that are often 'unheard' ... to see someone from the community take ownership of our narrative and our experiences is so importantExhibition visitor
More than just an art gallery, it's a research centre and advocacy charity ... heavy hitting, essential stuffTime Out
Moves you to feel, question and imagine who we are, what our narrative is and how we relate in societyExhibition visitor
Before the project I never used cameras, it's given me hope to start working in mediaCommunity workshop participant
I couldn't help but stop and learnExhibition visitor
To foster informed enquiry and personal creative development, promote respect for and appreciation of difference, encourage empathy and reciprocity in our partnerships and interactions and act ethically towards people and the environment.
These values inform our professional practice, activities and how we work both internally and externally.
our building rivington place
Autograph is located at Rivington Place in Hackney, London. Our iconic building is England’s first permanent public space dedicated to diversity in the visual arts. It houses gallery spaces, pop up cinema facilities, an education studio and Autograph's photographic collection.