Fotonow is a South West (UK) based Community Interest Company (a non-profit organisation similar to a Charity). Directors Jonathan Blyth and Matthew Pontin are experienced photographic practitioners and educationalists. Through Fotonow they create new opportunities in photography and facilitate socially motivated projects exploring visual culture across the South West of England. Fotonow was recently awarded the Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of being a sustainable social enterprise, and also joined the SE100 (Social Enterprise 100) Index.
Fotonow is based in Plymouth and intent on working across the region to stimulate new dialogues with photography and the wider arts, the company also has a small studio space in Liskeard. The social enterprise has cultivated a distinctive identity through working with a broad diverse communities to support the development of projects that encourage greater social inclusion and the shared exploration of the visual arts. Whether delivering short-term workshops in a residential home to explore memory-loss, or commissioned to undertake a longer-term residency within a community undergoing social change during housing redevelopment, our ethos remains to utilise photography as a catalyst for social change.
Fotonow often explore the presentation of highly visible outcomes within communities and public art contexts, which empowers people to experience visual culture outside of the traditional art gallery. Alongside continuous exhibitions the organisation nurtures paid commissions for practitioners and is committed to generating new employment within the region. Other activities include; development of the South West Graduate Photography Prize, publishing projects, project and event management, photography and archival research, curatorial projects, participatory film work and more commercially focused projects through FotoPlus Collective.
Fotonow also manage Camper Obscura which provides an interactive visual experience via a mobile camera obscura in a VW camper van, outreaching to local and national communities. Also the organisation has recently moved to Devonport to develop the static obscura at Mount Wise.
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