Our Mission

How do we achieve our Mission..?

Our goal is a simple one: to help young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds create careers in photography and the creative industries. For many young adults in London, a lack of financial resources, opportunity or industry connections mean that a career in photography is out of reach. We believe that talent and motivation should be more important than who you know or where you come from, and it's our mission to make this a reality. So, how do we hope to achieve this?
Step 1

Membership

The Photography Foundation is based on a membership model, so once a year our doors will open and all eligible young adults in London can apply to become a member. Over the course of the next 12 months, the members will learn everything there is to know about professional photography and will have access to all of the Foundation's facilities and expertise along the way. At the end of the year our members will graduate and move on to paid employment, work experience or further education - whichever they prefer. And the best part? It's all completely free.

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Step 2

Education & Training

Members of The Photography Foundation will complete a comprehensive education and training programme, covering both photography skills and broader business expertise such as marketing and finance. We want to set our members up for success, and this means giving them the tools to not only take amazing photographs but also to run a successful business. Industry professionals will also be brought in to give the members a true insight into life as a photographer, providing a healthy dose of guidance and inspiration along the way.
We will also bring in influential and successful working photographers to provide more informal talks and workshops to provide true guidance and inspiration.

The Photography Foundation is plugging a gap in London which is desperately needed. The opportunity gap, especially in the creative industries, is too large and its refreshing to see a group of people tackling this.

— Anders Johansson, Trustee JAMMA International

Step 3

Work Experience

Work experience is an essential part of any photographer's training and yet it's often one of the hardest things to secure. Thanks to our in-house photography studio we can remove this obstacle entirely. All members will have the chance to assist our senior photographers on shoots at TPF Studio, and as their training progresses they will be able to lead the shoots themselves. Not all photographers end up working in a studio environment, so we'll also offer off-site work experience to give our members a taste for location shoots, too.

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Step 4

Graduation

At the end of their year with us, our members will graduate. Our mission is to use photograhy to help these young adults launch stable and fulfilling careers, so we will ensure that all of our members have something lined up after they graduate from the Foundation. This could be paid employment in the photography and creative industries, further work experience or education, or setting up their own freelance business - whatever the member wants to pursue, we will use our resources and connections to try and make this happen.
We will work with members throughout the 12 month period to get them ready for graduation, and with our links in the industry we provide the member a platform and stepping stone into a long term career armed with skills and education.

Want to get involved?

There are a number of ways you can get involved and support the Foundation's work

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