what we do

Established in 1988, Autograph’s 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 in partner spaces.

how we achieve this


Commissioning artists and writers; making and sharing exhibitions and publications both in the UK and internationally


Sharing our unique photography collection which is used for research, learning, participation, and lending purposes


Supporting professional development of artists through providing advice, information, mentoring and selective hosting of projects



Producing talks, events and workshops through which people can listen, learn engage in debate and take part in creative making

our values

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 was designed by Sir David Adjaye and 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.

We use 100% green energy at Rivington Place, powered by renewable wind sources with zero carbon emissions.

Images, from top: 1) Opening night of Franklyn Rodgers: Devotion - A Portrait of Loretta exhibition at Autograph. 27 April - 7 July 2018. Curated by Mark Sealy and Renée Mussai. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell. 2) Zanele Muholi Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail, The Dark Lioness exhibition at Autograph. 24 July - 28 Oct 2017. Curated by Renée Mussai. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell.