Unframing Photography

Unframing Photography is an artistic attempt to provoke a constructive debate on the presence and influence of photography on our daily life with the aim to activate more awareness and inspire a more ethical use of the medium.

In a world in which we produce and consume more images then ever before the project questions the intentionality that motivates our photographing.

While we are used to praise photography and we are constantly encouraged to share our pictures, we are rarely exposed to the why we suddenly experience such impulse and to the effects of the current visual saturation.

Unframing Photography aims to be a critical lens pointing at photography as a ‘technology of seeing’ and an experiment/exercise created to decolonise my/our eyes.

Artists/Collaborators selected to contribute on Unframing Photography project:

Aida Silvestri is a visual activist and educator of Eritrean descent based in the UK. Her innovative mixed-media portraiture and multi-faceted practice amplify marginalised voices and migrant/displaced/diasporic communities – raising awareness of human rights issues and representational politics in the arts and beyond. 


Chelsey Browne is a Canadian photographer and curator who divides her time between Folkestone and London. She studied Fine Art at Central St Martins in London and has curated over 20 exhibitions.

She is an established portrait photographer, travelling the world for VIP shoots with private clients including celebrities, presidents and Royal Families in the Middle East.

As well as project manager for Venice Agendas and Strangelove festival, she is the founder of Arts Council England funded projects Platform Art Projects and Print Editions Gallery.





#jacquitheartist is a character that has been created for the camera aiming to highlight the effect Neoliberalism has had on the individual and society. Repetition, humour, and absurdity are used to create a character that is desperate for attention and at the same times reveals the characters inner anxieties for approval and acceptance.


Lee Brodhurst-Hooper is a visual artist based in the coastal town of Folkestone, Kent. With a B.A and M.A in Photography, Lee has both an academic and creative background.

Lee has worked extensively in photography, having worked as picture editor for publications such as The Stool Pigeon newspaper, Artrocker Magazine, with photography commissions from Dazed and Confused, the BBC and The Guardian.

With a varied creative background, it’s Lee’s experience of working in creative strategy for organisations like Getty Images that have cemented Lee’s holistic take on photography.

Lee’s photographic work is centred around behaviour, through his voracious fascination with people, and their lives. He’s particularly interested in tribes, and their unique visual nuances and behaviours.

Using a mixture of traditional film techniques and digital practice, Lee aims to capture emotion and reality of each of his subjects and their surroundings, creating visuals that tap into a feel, and start a conversation.


Matt Rowe is an artist,  photographer based in Folkestone.

Rowe’s practice is focused on vernacular symbols and the language of folklore.

He often combines various disciplines, ceramics, model making and textiles to produce sculptural costumes and props that play with notions of regional and local identity. 

Continually photographing his structures, he is developing a portfolio of landscape images that blur the real and the imaginary conveying a sense of indigenous folk practices and mysterious phenomena lurking in the routines of daily life.

Born Wakefield 198, Rowe studied ceramics at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

Recent shows include:

John barley corn must die, New Brewery Arts. Cirencester 

The 58th art video program, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Waking the Giant,  Fort Burgoyne, Dover.


“I find the everyday world an exciting and intriguing place, and for the last few years, one aspect of my photographic work has been the daily use of a small film camera to photograph the ordinary and everyday events around me, extending notions of the family album and the diary where daily events are celebrated and memories constructed.

I was Senior Lecturer in Charge of Photography at Sir John Cass School of Art in London to 2018 when I left to concentrate on my own practice. I have also had various exhibitions and run photography workshops in this country and abroad.”


Photo by Heather McDonough

Thierry Bal is a photographer specialised in contemporary art. He creates photographic work with and for artists, and commissioned photography for galleries, arts institutions and editorial publications internationally. His approach to photography is to place and apply it in relationship

to other art forms, such as dance, architecture and moving image.


Let’s focus our lenses on the presence and influence of photography in our life!

Thanks to the supervision of Photo Co-op Folkestone the 10 x photographers participating on the project have been selected!!!

We are now starting the new phase of the project involving creative/critical discussion and new creations…

This video was created to present the Unframing Photography project to the participant photographers: