Ninky portrait b & w LRes Nina Emett has worked as a photographer, either on commission or on longer-term documentary projects, since 1997 when she graduated from the Photojournalism Diploma at the London College of Communication. She has photographed for a variety of publications, NGOs and businesses including The Independent, Amnesty International, The Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture, Common Purpose, Brittany Ferries, PwC, Brighton & Hove City Council as well as working on private commissions. She now works through FotoAgency, where she specialises in portraits, events and documentary.

Nina is currently working on a long-term documentary project Women Workers of India which focuses on lifting women in India out of poverty through trade unionism and worker cooperatives set up by the organisation SEWA (Self-Employed Women’s Association) – this body of work will be published in January 2018 by Indian art book publisher, Mapin.


Nina also works as a commissioner and curator through FotoDocument, an arts education organisation, which she founded in 2012. FotoDocument commissions documentary photographers to create photo essays which are positive and solution-focused in response to key social and environmental issues. The work is installed in high-profile public spaces to inspire, engage and motivate a large and diverse public and ultimately to create behaviour change. FotoDocument believes in the power of visual imagery as an effective communication tool to harness public attention and engage people in powerful storylines which create a sense of active global citizenship. The organisation provides routes for meaningful participation in their work through events and competitions and also creates user-friendly educational resources from the artwork for children and young people to learn about important social and environmental issues. In October 2015, FotoDocument won a PEA Award (People Environment Achievement) for their extensive One Planet City project.

Nina has combined a career in photography with leading roles in policy, strategy and management in the public and voluntary sector where she has a track record of conceptualising and delivering complex arts and issue-based projects. Nina was strategic lead on racist hate crime, Brighton & Hove City Council (2005-2009) where she devised and implemented community cohesion measures in collaboration with Sussex Police to reduce racist crimes. In this role, Nina set up two city-wide arts festivals, The ONE Event (2005), and Press For Change (2006), drawing audiences of up to 2,000 people. She went on sabbatical in 2006 to photograph a therapeutic arts project for genocide survivors in Rwanda for SURF. Previously, Nina was appointed to set up refugee education charity Salusbury WORLD (1999–2003) where she developed arts and educational services linked to a London primary school and co-wrote the refugee education manual Home From Home.

Nina has a BA Hons in French, Newcastle University (1991), a Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism, University of the Arts, London (1997) and an MSc in International Development, University of London (2006). Nina was Chair of performing arts charity BandBazi between 2010 – 2013. She is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (2011) and an alumni of the Common Purpose Dao Xiang Venture Shanghai (2013) and Dishaa Venture Ahmedabad (2015).


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