Viewfinder Photography Gallery


To photograph is to draw with light a real image on a light sensitive area. The Big Idea is to make people from a local community to draw what is happening around them, without any concern for the outcome; it is to leverage connections and relations in a community, it is to create a self-portrait.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1135482)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target





  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • OtherOther




Viewfinder has been showcasing the work of emerging and established photographers, since 2005, in the boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich, Southwark and Lambeth, while providing workshops that benefit the host community. The hitch is in how to bring the life portraits that VF has been delivering to these individuals? How to reach wider audiences to issues on their own back yard? While at the same time to nurture these people and make them involved in making portraits of their costumes and habits.


Through workshops and other events working on a local level, VF will aim to make major improvements to its website and other online mediums of communication, to create synergies and educational galleries reflecting on the community development and increasing understanding of their on living community. Donations will help to open this channel of communication and education while reaching and attracting new audiences into the photography practice.

  • Really enjoyed the workshop. I definitely learned a lot, and am starting to interact a bit more when taking photos in the street.

    — Anonymous Workshop Participant

  • I found the exhibition experience worthwhile, enjoyable and was given good support by the Viewfinder Gallery.

    — Photographer/Exhibitor

  • Viewfinder Photography Gallery does a sterling job of giving exposure to new photographic voices.

    — Culture 24