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Creating Community: Photography, Co-Authorship and Visual Storytelling

POSTED: 16 February 2022

Watch back the conversation with our friends at Future Hackney, sharing our communities' stories and discussing the practices of visual storytelling and co-authorship


Watch back our popular event, a conversation on visual storytelling, co-authorship and the sharing of our communities’ stories, considering questions such as: Why is it important to place emphasis on engagement, transparency and co-authorship when documenting a community’s stories? What does it mean to exhibit the work as street art? Why is it important to document and archive community and cultural histories? What does co-authorship look like?

You'll hear from Don Travis, Wayne Crichlow and Kennyatta Gerald from Future Hackney and Autograph’s director Dr Mark Sealy in this virtual 'fireside' chat. Future Hackney documents social change in East London, working at the intersection of photography and social engagement, developing trusting relationships with participants that encourage and enable them to express wider societal experiences around issues such as mental health, exclusion, confinement and being non-binary as it relates to the African and Caribbean experience. The work produced is co-authored with the participants and delivered as large format street exhibitions. This online event took place on 10th February 2022.



Wayne Crichlow

Born in London’s East End to West Indian parents, Wayne’s passion for photography started almost twenty years ago. Capturing everyday life events as they happen, and at every opportunity, he is intrigued by the freedom photography brings as a creative outlet.

In 2017 Wayne’s work received accolade from the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards, where he received commendation in the category ‘Street Photography’ for his image The Café. Building on this success Wayne subsequently went on to appear on Sky Arts, Master of Photography Season Three (2018), which was aired across five European countries. Wayne has worked with Don Travis, founder of Future Hackney, since 2019, co-producing two open air exhibitions in 2020 & 2021 entitled Ridley Road Stories.


Kennyatta Gerald

Kennyatta was born in Montserrat in 1953, the fifth child of ten. Following Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and a series of volcanic eruptions from 1995 which destroyed his home on the island, Kennyatta moved to London to live in Homerton with his daughter and grandson. He is known to locals as ‘Kenny the dancer’ and can often be found dancing in Gillett Square - as pictured at the top of this page. Kennyatta is a participant, involved in co-authoring Ridley Road Stories with Future Hackney.

Mark Sealy

Dr. Mark Sealy is interested in the relationships between photography and social change, identity politics, race, and human rights. He has been director of Autograph since 1991. He has produced numerous artist publications, curated exhibitions, and commissioned photographers and filmmakers worldwide.

Sealy has curated critically acclaimed exhibitions on the works of James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Carrie Mae Weems, Rotimi Fani–Kayode, Mahtab Hussain, Maud Sulter and Sunil Gupta to name a few. His book, Decolonising the Camera: Photography in Racial Time, was published in 2019 by Lawrence and Wishart.


Don Travis

Don grew up in Hackney, London and has been working across the city for over twenty years, documenting Londoners' lives through photography, film and oral history. Being a part of the community which she co-author’s is relevant to the trust and understanding within her work. Don holds a BA and MA in culture, visual production and documentary. She has run visual arts projects across London since 2002 and started Future Hackney and Ridley Road Stories in 2016 funded by National Lottery. She currently works as a producer and creative at Future Hackney with Wayne Crichlow.


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This event is supported using public funding from Arts Council England

Ridley Road Stories is part of the Hackney Windrush Art Commission public programme, curated by Create London in partnership with Hackney Council and supported by the Freelands Foundation.

Banner image: Don Travis, Kennyatta [detail], from Ridley Road Stories Part 2 © the artist and courtesy of Future Hackney.

Other images on page, from top: 1) Wayne Crichlow 2) Kennyatta Gerald 3) Mark Sealy. Photograph courtesy of Steve Pyke 4) Don Travis 5) Wayne Crichlow, Joyclen from Ridley Road Stories Part 2 © the artist and courtesy of Future Hackney.