Bella Okuya

Bella Okuya

Photographer & EducatorLondon, United Kingdom
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Bella Okuya

Bella Okuya

Photographer & EducatorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am a London born visual artist, with a socially engaged documentary approach and a curious portraiture practice. Currently based between London & New York. I am Head of Foundation at The Photography Foundation, and I am a current 2021 Fulbright scholarship recipient, studying an MFA in Photography at Parsons, New School, New York. I am the founder of, South London based collective, Red Rolled and Seen, with whom I'm currently working on a long-term photography project, Negative Space: Underrepresented women of colour in photography, which will be published as a photo-book in 2022. Most of my work presents ongoing personal projects and photo-publications.
Projects
  • Negative Space: Stories of Women of Colour in Photography
    Negative Space: Stories of Women of Colour in PhotographySupport a photo book featuring interviews and photography of ten diverse women of colour working in the photography industry.
  • A recent feature in Creative Lives in Progress gives more insight into what to expect from my photo book, Negative Space
    A recent feature in Creative Lives in Progress gives more insight into what to expect from my photo book, Negative SpaceNegative Space: Three women of colour share their experiences of working in photography.
  • Negative Space: Women of Colour in Photography: A Photo book
    Negative Space: Women of Colour in Photography: A Photo bookA photo book exploring the experiences of women of colour in photography through interviews, photography, and their own creative work.
Projects credited in
  • Introduction to Photography workshop
    Introduction to Photography workshopFor the first workshop of 2022, we were joined by 12 budding photographers, who were introduced to the basics of studio photography! Our workshops are aimed at people aged 18-25 who want to learn the basics of studio lighting and kit and are who are keen to develop their studio photography skills. The workshop was split into two parts; in the first half the attendees worked with the facilitator, Chris, who introduced them to some basic kit and lighting techniques. The second half of the worksh
  • TPF TALKS with Hayley Louisa Brown
    TPF TALKS with Hayley Louisa BrownTPF TALKS is a platform that amplifies under-represented voices to encourage the next generation of photographers and creatives to be part of the conversation, build their networks, and create space for themselves in the industry. Each month, we will amplify the voice of a different under-represented group and have: - a talk from photographers focusing on representation - sharing their work and journey into photography - a chance to speak to current & past trainees about the Foundation Prog
  • TPF TALKS: documenting migration in photography
    TPF TALKS: documenting migration in photographyTPF TALKS is a platform that amplifies under-represented voices to encourage the next generation of photographers and creatives to be part of the conversation, build their networks, and create space for themselves in the industry. Each month, we will amplify the voice of a different under-represented group and have: - a talk from photographers focusing on representation - sharing their work and journey into photography - a chance to speak to current & past trainees about the Foundation Progr
  • Vision boarding for 2022
    Vision boarding for 2022We kicked off 2022, and this year's series of events, by hosting a discussion & vision boarding session for photographers and creatives. This was a chance for people to come together, reflect on their creative achievements from 2021 & think about their ambitions for the year ahead.  The first part of the evening we welcomed people to join our discussion on creative goals for 2022. Asking questions such as - what creative projects do you have in mind for the new year? Would you like to collabora
  • TPF TALKS with Judah Passow
    TPF TALKS with Judah PassowFor the first instalment of 2022’s TPF TALKS in January, a month that commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day, we used this event to amplify Judah Passow, a Jewish photographer, who focuses on displacement, identity & conflict within his work. We were delighted to have Judah speaking at this event, Judah has been working on assignments for American & European magazines and newspapers since 1978. Based in London, his work has been published extensively by leading newspapers such as The Guardian, Di
  • TPF TALKS - Black History Month with Eddie Otchere
    TPF TALKS - Black History Month with Eddie OtchereTPF TALKS is a platform that amplifies under-represented voices to encourage the next generation of photographers and creatives to be part of the conversation, build their networks, and create space for themselves in the industry. Each month, we will amplify the voice of a different under-represented group and have: - a talk from photographers focusing on representation - sharing their work and journey into photography - a chance to speak to current & past trainees about the Foundation Program
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Work history
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    Head of FoundationThe Photography Foundation
    London, United KingdomPart Time
    Creating pathways to professional photography for less advantaged young adults in London through education, professional development and alternative routes to creative careers. We value talent and motivation over who you know or where you come from.
Skills
  • Photography
  • Education
  • Education Consulting
  • Teaching Facilitation
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Workshop Design
  • Commissioning Photographers
  • Reviews
  • Print Publications
  • Mentoring
Education
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    PhotographyThe New School
    New York, United States
    Fulbright Scholar 2021, MFA Photography at The New School, New York.