Keep Photofusion Moving

by Photofusion in Brixton

We did it
On 2nd June 2016 we successfully raised £54,570 with 516 supporters in 42 days

Photofusion is gravely threatened by rising rent. Please help us move, survive, and carry on doing great work!

by Photofusion in Brixton

New stretch target

 

We made it! On May 12, exactly half way through our allotted time of 42 days, we reached £40,000! We are so grateful to all of the 341 people who have backed us and given us a fighting chance.

So, now what? Crowdfunder has offered us the opportunity to stretch our target, to carry on fundraising for the next 21 days. We are so extremely happy to have made it this far, but the truth is that every extra pound we raise will help ensure our survival. What will we do with the extra money? First, we’ll pay our VAT bill (we get charged VAT on almost every reward we offer)! Then we can begin to build a reserve, and anyone who has ever dealt with builders will know why that’s important! With some extra funds, we would be able to build an alternative process darkroom which would allow photographers to regularly work with processes such as salt prints, platinum prints, chemigrams, cyanotypes and wet plate. Extra funds would allow us to respond to the big (and little) changes on the horizon, such as the impending move from tungsten enlarger bulbs to LED bulbs. And wouldn’t we just love to have an enlarger that would make it possible to print iphone images in the darkroom!?

The bottom line is that we are gratefully accepting Crowdfunder’s invitation to s-t-r-e-t-c-h! If you haven’t already backed us, please consider doing so. A pledge of £25 gets you an invitation to our first ever print swap party. And we already know that’s going to be a victory party to end all victory parties!

And finally, to our backers – we are still a bit shell-shocked by the speed and voracity of your backing! Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you!

Love, Photofusion

 


Project Aim

Photofusion means something special both to creativity in London, and to the community in Brixton. We are gravely threatened by a combination of falling funding and rising rent. Please help us to move, survive, and carry on doing great work!

Project Owner

Photofusion is a hub for photography that has been based in the heart of Brixton since 1991. We are a non-profit resource helping people of all types express themselves through photography, with a community outreach programme that helps hundreds of young people in Brixton every year. 

Why we need help. 

In 2014 Photofusion lost its Arts Council funding, which had been an important source of financial support for many years. Since then, we have been working extremely hard to refocus the business so that it can continue to operate without that cushion. This has been quite successful, with some departments up 44% on where they were last year. So although it's a struggle, we were on the way to reaching financial equilibrium. 

However, we now face another massive hurdle, in the form of a rent review. We have been based in Brixton for twenty-five years, with our premises forming part of historic Brixton Market. Rents in Brixton have been increasing and now our landlords have given us notice that they intend to double ours. We need to move to different and smaller premises that are in some ways better suited to our type of enterprise, but inevitably a move will be expensive in the short term and our reserves won't cover these costs. 

We are therefore appealing for help so that we can move to a new smaller space, at the same time making the necessary upgrades to the resources we offer so that we can provide high quality services to photographers. 

Why we have a bright future. 

If we can get over this immediate hump, we believe the future for Photofusion is good. Interest in photography is increasing, whether analogue, digital, or a combination of the two. A new generation of photographers have grown up who find it easy to make photography. As their interest grows they are increasingly exploring all sorts of techniques which go beyond, or enhance what they can do in an instant. Photofusion provides a range of services which help people on this journey:

  • Film developing and printing in one of London's last remaining public darkrooms.
  • Specialist digital facilities.
  • Training courses on a wide range of photographic skills from obscure to indispensable.

Helping others with their future.

An important part of Photofusion's work is its community outreach programme. Young people who face challenges can find great value in learning more about photography and creating their own images. Over the years, Photofusion has helped many people in Lambeth and beyond. Each year we work with 60 young offenders, and run free summer schools for children in young people in our borough. Although this aspect of our work is helped by charitable grants, it still depends on the existence of Photofusion as an organisation. 

People are rooting for us.

The photography work in London is standing behind Photofusion. Photofusion has an important place in London photography's history as well as its future, and many  of those who have been involved in Photofusion in the past have offered support - Rankin, Tom Hunter,  Simon Roberts, Simon Norfolk, Miranda Gavin, Hotshoe Magazine and many more. Some of the rewards we have on offer show what an important place Photofusion occupies in the creative world of London and beyond. 





For full details of our print sales and rewards, please download our print sales catalogue. HERE.) 

And finally...

A while back we tried to capture, on one page, what we do and what makes us tick. We hope that if you've read this far, it will chime with you, and that once you've seen the film you will want to give us some of the support we need. We'll be very grateful, and you'll be part of a great story...

Photofusion is a place for people from every walk of life to express themselves through photography.

We welcome. We are happy to have all sorts of people walk through our doors in Brixton. People of all income levels, origins, cultures, and levels of photography knowledge come to Photofusion. We are enthusiasts, not judges. 

We know. The people who work at Photofusion really know their stuff, from the most obscure historic process to the lastest digital techniques. You won't find such a depth of practical photography knowledge anywhere else in London. 

We support. We don't keep our knowledge to ourselves. Nothing gives us greater pleasure than sharing it with other people and helping them develop in their own unique way. Photography poses many questions, and we'll always try to answer them as best we can. 

We converse.  We do, in fact, like to talk. Photofusion is a place of conversation. About work, about techniques, about photography, about creativity, about Brixton and beauty and food and football. Anything is up for discussion. 

We make. We are totally hands-on. Whatever aspect of photography we are involved with, we are utterly practical. We understand theory, but we respect craft. We don't tell anyone what to make, we just help them make it as best they can. 

We provide. We have lots of kit. We have expensive kit, we have everyday kit, we have kit so obscure we're almost forgotten what it's for. And we want it to be used. 

We provoke. We love the way photography can raise issues and ask searching questions. We show things that demonstrate the power of photography and people who create it - whether or not they make comfortable viewing. 

We protect. Some of the people who come through our doors are vulnerable. They may face difficult circumstances outside the walls of Photofusion. But when they're inside we look after them and we celebrate the power of photography to help them find things inside themselves they never knew where there. 

We are proud. Many famous images have been made at Photofusion. Many famous photographers have worked here. And many things have been achieved that started from very small beginnings. Which makes us proud. 

Photofusion. Anyone can be a photographer.

 

 

For those considering backing us on one of our courses, please note that we will be scheduling these in June, and if you are unable to attend these workshops, we will offer you a place on our Autumn programme. This will be contingent upon a successful move and rebuild by that time.  

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Thank you for your support

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Thank you for your support, public thanks on our twitter/Facebook/instagram

£20 or more

29 of 37 claimed

£20 Reward

War & Image Panel discussion with Giles Duley, Jenny Matthews and C4 News' Krishnan Guru-Murthy Monday 27th June, 7pm at Photofusion

£25 or more

174 of 300 claimed

£25 Reward

A ticket to our launch party which will include a Print Swap party. Come along, add your print to our lucky dip. You might walk away with a limited edition print from one of our famous members.

£50 or more

128 of 250 claimed

£50 Reward

Name on wall of our new Members Room. An invitation to opening print-swap party & public thanks for your support on facebook/twitter/instagram

£75 or more

25 of 35 claimed

£75 Reward

Ticket to Street Food and Street Photography evening with Nick Turpin including food and drink from our friends at Taco Queen. Plus name on wall of members room and invite to launch print-swap party

£100 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£100 Reward

Signed photo book lucky dip.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

5 digital negatives made for you on our Cone Ink System

£100 or more

16 of 15 claimed

£100 Reward

A portfolio review with your choice of reviews. Choose form Anthony Luvera, Tom Hunter, Lydia Goldblatt, Gina Glover or Miranda Gavin

£150 or more

16 of 15 claimed

£150 Reward

A tin-type portrait of you or a family member with Daniel Barter

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

Eddie Otchere Metalheadz print - Photofusion edition Goldie

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

Eddie Otchere Metalheadz print - Photofusion edition Goldie & friends

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

Eddie Otchere Metalheadz print - Photofusion edition Kemistry

£150 or more

13 of 12 claimed

£150 Reward

Place on Salt Printing or Cyanotype workshop at Photofusion

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

Dafna Talmor signed print Untitled BR1414-1

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

Lucia Pizzani "Nest" 2015 signed inkjet print 20x30cm on 40x60cm paper edition 2/20

£150 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

Lucia Pizzani, Sagrario #11, 2015 Signed inkjet pigment print from collodiun wet-plate photography A/P 30 x 22cm image on A2 paper

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

Cyanotype Workshop (extra place)

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

Dafna Talmor signed print Untitled BR0811-1

£150 or more

6 of 8 claimed

£150 Reward

Ori Gersht, exhibition tour and dinner with the artist at Ben Brown Gallery, Mayfair, London 7th June

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£200 Reward

Gina Glover, Ice Mountain 11 Signed Pigment Print 20.5cm x 25.4cm

£200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£200 Reward

Lisa Barber "Iris for Anne" Digital print of photogram 23 x 20"

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£200 Reward

Amit Lennon "John Peel", 2004 signed print from edition of 25 16 x 20"

£250 or more

2 of 6 claimed

£250 Reward

Dogstar Pet Portrait with 10 x 8" print Portrait session due to take place on Saturday 11th June, Brixton

£250 or more

8 of 8 claimed

£250 Reward

Hidden London walking tour with Simon Norfolk (provisionally booked for June 9th 2016, final date confirmed when we meet our target)

£250 or more

6 of 5 claimed

£250 Reward

Lydia Goldblatt signed book and limited edition print

£250 or more

5 of 12 claimed

£250 Reward

1 day platinum printing workshop

£250 or more

11 of 12 claimed

£250 Reward

A wet-plate collodion workshop

£250 or more

6 of 10 claimed

£250 Reward

A three hour 1:1 digital masterclass with a print and mount.

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£250 Reward

Ori Gersht Untitled Digital C-Type from edition of 100 24 x 30 cm

£300 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£300 Reward

Spencer Murphy Dawn, Bewl Water Digital C-Type 16 x 20

£350 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£350 Reward

Richard Nicholson Roy Snell, 2006 printed on Harman by Hahnemuhle Gloss Baryta signed, from edition of 25

£350 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£350 Reward

Shirley Baker "Blackpool Family" Photofusion Edition Limited print 1 of 25 16 X 20" Pigment print

£350 or more

1 of 3 claimed

£350 Reward

Charlie Phillips signed print Cassidy

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£400 Reward

Magnum Photographer, Chris Steele-Perkins signed and framed print Cricket in Hampshire

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£400 Reward

Nicholas Hughes "In Darkness Visible" #14 (2007) Edition 7 of 15 Signed vintage C-Type hand print 10x12"

£450 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£450 Reward

Fernando Aceves David Bowie Edition of 100, signed by the photographer A3

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£500 Reward

Famlly portrait session with Adrian Wood with print and files

£600 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£600 Reward

Jane Ward "Views From 2" Print, edition of 5. 70x90cm

£750 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£750 Reward

Hannah Starkey, framed C-type print Untitled 2005

£750 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£750 Reward

Simon Roberts signed print Deflated Crocodile on Victory Day

£750 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£750 Reward

Gina Glover signed print Ice Mountain 11

£850 or more

1 of 6 claimed

£850 Reward

An Away-Day for you and your family, colleagues, friends where you can learn from experts about how to make your own work using either Cyanotype, Black and White printing or digital street photography. Lunch in one Brixton Market's restaurant included. (8 people)

£900 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£900 Reward

Eva Sereny Dustin Hoffman 22 x 31" archival pigment print Photofusion Edition

£900 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£900 Reward

Eva Sereny Lauren Hutton 22 x 31" archival pigment print Photofusion Edition

£995 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£995 Reward

Ian Dickson David Bowie Edition of 100, signed by the photographer A1

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Gina Glover Water Held By Cold signed print from edition of 5 100 x 70cm

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Tom Hunter, Girl Asleep from the Person's Unknown series signed Cibachrome Print, mounted on aluminium 36 x 31"

£1,000 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Peter Kennard signed vintage print "Germany Shakes, 1989"

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

A private event at Photofusion's studio or gallery including food and drinks

£1,200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,200 Reward

Caroline Jane Harris "Untitled" 2015 Hand-cut pigment print on matt paper, mounted on aluminium 420 x 594mm 1/1

£1,250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£1,250 Reward

A limited edition Notting Hill Couple print and a meal cooked by Charlie Phillips AKA Smokey Joe (please see Rewards Catalogue for full details and restrictions).

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,500 Reward

Liane Lang "Catherine and the Wheel", 2015 60x40cm c-type print Edition 3 of 10

£1,750 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,750 Reward

James Smith Temporal Dislocation 008, Portable Building. 2012 Artist Proof (AP) 1, of an Edition of 5 + 2AP. 40x50" Lambda C-Type Mounted on Aluminium

£2,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£2,000 Reward

Susan Derges Stiniel, 2012 from the Alderbrook Series. Digital C Type print Edition of 9 61 x 30cm

£2,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£2,000 Reward

Brian Griffin "King Sunny Ade", 1984 Vintage silver bromide print 12 x 12" on 20 x 16" paper

£2,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£2,000 Reward

Brian Griffin "Linton Kwesi-Johnson", 1983 Vintage silver bromide print 12 x 12" on 20 x 16" paper

£2,300 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£2,300 Reward

Gayle Chong Kwan "Eldorado" from the Cockaigne series, 2004 C-Type print from edition of 10 31.5 x 40

£2,800 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£2,800 Reward

Joy Gregory "Blue Toned Black Bra", from the "Girl Thing" series Unique cyanotype print on paper 440x570mm

£5,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£5,000 Reward

Rankin Photoshoot at his Kentish Town studio with hair and makeup. Please contact Photofusion for full details.

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