Bella Okuya

Bella Okuya

Photographer & Visual ArtistLondon, United Kingdom
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Bella Okuya

Bella Okuya

Photographer & Visual ArtistLondon, 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 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 recently self published a photo book about women of colour in photography with the support of Kickstarter funding.
Projects
  • Black Women in Photography: Reframing the Narrative
    Black Women in Photography: Reframing the NarrativeJoin us for my photo book launch & open call commission event with @autographabp on Thurs Jan 25th 2024 - 6.30pm. We’ll be showing photography, hosting a panel about self-representation & reshaping the narrative of women working across the photography industry.
  • A Panel Talk in Collaboration with Capture One & Ravensbourne about representation, inclusivity and meaningful work.
    A Panel Talk in Collaboration with Capture One & Ravensbourne about representation, inclusivity and meaningful work.Capture One and Ravensbourne University invite you for the second instalment of "In perspective", a series of talks hosted by Capture One aiming to shine a light on some of the narratives shaping the photography industry’s future. "In perspective brings" educational institutions and next-generation photographers, communities, and established photographers together to reimagine unsettled narratives. Supported by Black Women Photographers: https://blackwomenphotographers.com/ Synopsis: Celebrat
  • Negative Space: Women of Colour in Photography
    Negative Space: Women of Colour in PhotographyNegative Space is a 112 page self- published photo book by Bella Okuya, printed with Aldgate Press, London, and Designed by Sorrel Packham. The photo book features interviews, portraits and photography about ten diverse women of colour, at varying stages of their career, working in the photography industry. It's a rare insight into the experiences, challenges and hopes for the future, of freelance photographers, art directors, photo-agents, and agency directors working in London today. The book
  • 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
  • The Photography Foundation - Open Studio
    The Photography Foundation - Open StudioJoin us in our studio in the Design District during London Design Festival & Open House 2022! This will be the perfect chance to find out more about us, meet the team and TPF alumni! All week, we will have a selection of zines for sale & a mini exhibition of TPF alumni’s work. Throughout the week, we will have a pop-up photography studio, so you can have your portrait taken by alumni, and to ask lots of questions about studio kit and set up. Our alumni will also be taking photos of the activit
  • TPF Talks x Ravensbourne with Nico Froehlich
    TPF Talks x Ravensbourne with Nico FroehlichFor this event, we're delighted to be joined by Nico Froehlich. Nico is a British photographer born, raised and residing in south-east London. Being both British and a second-generation immigrant - his work champions diversity and inclusivity, with a particular focus on social realism and working-class life. Nico’s personal work has won acclaim and is the recipient of various awards such as the Creative Review Photography Annual and the British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Britain. In a
  • TPF Talks with Ryan Hall
    TPF Talks with Ryan HallTPF TALKS is a platform to amplify under-represented voices & professionals working in the industry to encourage the next generation of photographers and creatives to be part of the conversation & build their networks + skills. For this talk, we're delighted to be joined by Ryan Hall. Ryan is an editorial photographer based in Nottingham. His mission is to connect with people who share similar energy and create strong business relationships. With over 20 years of experience in photography, Ryan
  • Social Documentary Photography Awards: Final Exhibition
    Social Documentary Photography Awards: Final ExhibitionIn 2022, we launched The Social Documentary Photography Awards, a bi-annual competition that awards cash prizes to professional and amateur documentary photographers in both single and series entries. Since launching the TPF Grant in 2021 in partnership with LIMI London, we launched the competition due to the high volume of amazing photographers who submitted their work. Through these awards, we want to highlight amazing photographers, show hidden realities and support emerging and established
  • 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
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Work history
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    Editorial InternPublic Seminar
    London, United KingdomInternship
    Public Seminar is the online publication of the New School. Our website features a variety of daily posts on a variety of topics. The weekly “issue” highlights featured pieces that have been rigorously edited, in order to appeal to a general audience of non-specialist readers who are interested in the issues of the day.
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    Arts & Health ResidencyLondon Arts and Health
    London, United KingdomPart Time
    Artists’ Represent Recovery Residency - 2022/23 programme
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Skills
  • Photography
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Workshop Design
  • Commissioning Photographers
  • Print Publications
  • Editorial Direction
  • Editorial Design
  • Copywriting Editorial
  • Curating Photography
  • Exhibition Curation
Education
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    PhotographyThe New School
    New York, United States
    Fulbright Scholar 2021, MFA Photography at The New School, New York.
Awards
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    Photography Research AwardParsons School of Design
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    Fulbright Scholarship Award in MFA PhotographyParsons School of Design
    I am a current Fulbright Awardee in MFA Photography with, Parsons School of Design, The New School New York.
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