P H O T O  S C R A T C H  #14


Join us for the 14th edition of Photo Scratch on our 2nd birthday!


Featuring work-in-progress from:

Immaculata Abba
Andy Clydesdale
Natalija Gormalova
Grace Jackson
Magda Rakita
Claudio Rasano



Photo Scratch – 2017 In Review

Thank you so much to everyone who has been part of Photo Scratch in 2017. We can’t quite believe it’s already the end of our second year of running this event. We’ve been amazed and delighted at the level of engagement and enthusiasm we’ve had from all of you and can’t wait to see what the year ahead will bring. The success of Photo Scratch is, for a large part, down to the brilliant, shifting and evolving community of photographers and interested people who turn up each time, so truly thank you!

A recap of the year…


In 2017:

  • We hosted 6 Photo Scratch events including 2 Guest Edits.
  • 42 photographers shared work-in-progress projects at Photo Scratch.
  • Over 500 visitors attended in total.


The Photo Scratch Team 

We recently welcomed Producer Sian Hughes to the Photo Scratch team, who brings with her a wealth of experience in arts administration and fundraising. With Sian we have been looking at ways to build new audiences, reach photographers from further afield, organise a mini festival for next year, host a special book edition, and look at ways we can help photographers even more, including possible funding opportunities and exhibitions of completed projects that have grown through Photo Scratch. As you probably already know we, Hanna-Katrina and Phil Le Gal, run Photo Scratch on a voluntary basis, so having Sian join our team and share in the vision we have for Photo Scratch has been a really crucial step to making the event run smoothly and helping us to grow.

We are delighted, also, to officially announce Max Houghton, Senior Lecturer in Photography at the London College of Communication, and Dan Gaba, Picture Editor of The Wall Street Journal, as Photo Scratch Champions. They have both been consistently supportive of Photo Scratch over the last eighteen months, and asking them to champion what we are doing in a more official capacity is our way of saying thank you so much to them for that support, and also utilising their insights and expertise to further broaden the reach of Photo Scratch. We’re so grateful for their support and look forward to working with them both over the year ahead.


Photo Scratch in 2018

In 2018 we will be running Photo Scratch every other month beginning on Monday 15th January at Hotel Elephant. See the Tickets page for details of how to book your free spot.

As ever, if you are interested in sharing a work-in-progress documentary photography project at Photo Scratch, we accept applications on a rolling basis so do get in touch via the Apply page. We rely completely on word-of-mouth so please do tell friends and colleagues who may be interested in what we’re doing.


Photo Scratch Photographers 2017

We are always so thrilled to hear about the many many opportunities, achievements, rising-stars and overall hard graft of so many of the photographers who have been part of Photo Scratch over the last year, making meaningful brilliant work. If you have shown work at Photo Scratch in the past and would like us to share your news on the blog please drop us a line and we’re happy to help. The truth is there have been so so many amazing things going on with everyone we thought we would share, once again, links to everyone who has participated this year. Some truly inspiring work is taking place, and far too much to write up everyone’s news in this post. So, from the 2017 community of Photo Scratch check out:

Philip Ammon

Fiona Bailey

Lea Carteaux

Elanor Marielle

Kevin Percival
Graeme Weston

Joanne Coates

Andreea-Mihaela Andrei

Stephanie Smith

Bekky Lonsdale

Theo McInnes

Simon Martin

Elena Kollatou & Leonidas Toumpanos

Peter Spurgeon

Heather Agyepong

Lewis Bush
Noela Roibas

Scarlett O’Flaherty

Che Kevlin & Mariya Ustymenko

Nick St.Oegger

Aisling Keavey
Hugh Kinsella Cunningham

Ameena Rojee

Kathy Anne Lim

Daniel J Norwood
Mark A Phillips

Sanna Charles
Loredana Denicola

Rob Hawthorn

Natalia Jaeger

Yiannis Katsaris

Eeva Rinne
Ed Sykes

Verity Welstead
Poulomi Basu

Briony Campbell
Sophie Gerrard

James Hopkirk

Rob Stothard

Pictures by: Siyuan Wang; Emily Woodhouse; Peter Spurgeon; Phil Le Gal; Hanna-Katrina Jedrosz; Simon Ryninks


Thank you for your support and work in 2017 – see you on Monday 15th January 2018 for the next Photo Scratch!

Over and out.

Antonia Attwood – Exhibition

Antonia was one of the first photographers to share work at Photo Scratch back in 2016. Here is news of her exhibition which will open in January at the Bethlem Gallery.


Artist Antonia Attwood’s work invites the viewer into an intimate world of personal perspectives on what it feels like to live with mental ill health. Using still and moving imagery, sound, and photography she explores the day-to-day lived experience of people, affects of chemical changes in the brain, and the phenomenology of mental illness.

The body of work Antonia has developed over the past three years looks at a number of individual experiences of mental health conditions including her own, her mother’s and the experiences of people she worked with through a project developed in partnership with Free Space Project.

The biggest challenge in the battle against stigma is how we promote better understanding of experiences different to our own. Antonia works sensitively with individuals over time translating internal experience into a visual language. Her work gives a nuanced reading of people’s experiences encouraging an empathetic and visceral response.  

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Find more about Antonia’s work at

Twitter/Insta: @antonia_attwood

Scenario Podcast – Launch Party

Friends of Photo Scratch are invited to this very special party celebrating the launch of the new Scenario podcast created by Jess Mc Dermott who shared work at Photo Scratch in the past, and Kate O’Neill of The Old Girls Club one of our partner organisations.Scenario_launch_party

Lens Think Yorkshire – Xmas Social

Lens Think Yorkshire is run by Jo Coates who shared work at Photo Scratch earlier this year. This Christmas gathering sounds like a festive treat!


Picture: Al Brydon

L E N S    T H I N K   Y O R K S H I R E

C H R I S T M A S   E V E N T   – S H E F F I E L D  

30th November 2017
Doors: 6:30pm
Event starts: 6.45pm
Hagglers Corner, 586 Queens Road, Sheffield

Thursday November 30th  will see the very last social of 2017  for Lens Think Yorkshire, A bi-monthly social in Yorkshire to meet, share work, ideas, & develop photography in the North. The night will see a trio of talented speakers, talking about how they make it work in Photography. Photographers from across Sheffield will take to the intimate venue of Hagglers Corner for an informal night to celebrate Lens Think’s first year.


Al Brydon is a UK based photographer and co-founder of the Inside the Outside collective.He currently resides in South Yorkshire, on the edge of the Peak District. This relatively recent move back to his home triggered connections with the landscape in ways he never realised were possible. The landscape and the long departed people who lived and worked within it sing songs. He’s trying to learn to listen.

Darren O’Brien is a Sheffield based Documentary photographer and photojournalist currently working for Guzelian Photo agency. His work regularly appears in the national press including the guardian, the times and the daily Telegraph.  Darren has exhibited across the UK and his project “Anywhere But Home” was published as a book by Brown Owl Press.

Chelsea Abbot is a recent graduate of  Sheffield Hallam university where she won the Best in Show award for her work.

Alongside the talks will be a festive print swap and the chance to meet talent from across the region – and you’re invited to come and take a look.

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Cinzia D’Ambrosi – Hate Hurts – Project Crowdfunding

Cinzia D’Ambrosi is an Italian photojournalist based in London who has been part of the Photo Scratch community since we began. We are keen to share this crowdfunding campaign with you, our readers, in the hope you might be able to support the important work she has been doing and continues to do to expose the violence committed against refugees and asylum seekers. Cinzia has already photographed in Greece, Italy and Hungary, with endorsement from Amnesty. Her work consistently draws our attention to the unseen personal experiences of the people she photographs, whether it’s asylum seekers from Syria in Athens, or people caught up in the temporary housing crisis in London. More information from Cinzia follows.
Hate Hurts is a documentary photographic project that exposes violence against refugees and asylum seekers. It is an issue that needs to be told and addressed. This violence must stop. It is an intolerable injustice that needs to be told; the human suffering recorded and challenged.
A crowdfunding campaign is launched on KickStarter to help continue with this important investigation on violence and to present the Hate Hurts project in a touring exhibition starting in Hungary next June. The exhibition will have on one side the stories of refugees and asylum-seekers, the victims of violence, and on the other, the stories of those that directly or indirectly are inflicting the violence upon them. The exhibition will help generate reflection and awareness and a deep understanding of the various layers surrounding migration and that violence is not the answer.

“Hate Hurts is a project with a two sided approach. On the one side, it aims to document physical, psychological and even bureaucratic violence migrants and refugees experience across various European countries. At the same time, it reaches out to the host communities and investigates conditions that fuel the emergence of xenophobia, racism and violence.” European Council for Refugees and Exiles.

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