Frequently Asked Questions

Considering the ways policy, legislation and services, at both local and national levels, assist or otherwise impact on people experiencing issues with accommodation is an important aspect of the work underpinning Luvera’s practice with homeless individuals. Also shown here is Frequently Asked Questions, a collaboration between the artist and a participant, Gerald Mclaverty. ‍Frequently Asked Questions is […]


For Assembly, Luvera invited individuals associated with the Brighton Housing Trust’s First Base Day Centre and Phase One Project to use disposable cameras and digital sound recorders to capture their experiences and the things they are interested in. The artist met with participants regularly to discuss their images and sounds, and to record conversations. Participants […]

Let Us Eat Cake

Being queer is not about a right to privacy; it is about the freedom to be public, to just be who we are. We come out of the closet, face the rejection of society, face firing squads, just to love each other! Our difference, our otherness, our uniqueness can either paralyze or politicize us. DO […]

Magnum & BJP Professional Practice Series: NGOs, Social Practice and Advocacy

Learn how Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are using photography and visual storytelling in their work and what they are looking for from a collaboration with a photographer. Discuss developments in critical theory around issues of representation and community engagement, and the ethical considerations of using storytelling as a tool for social change. Discover how to use […]

Reimag(in)ing Homelessness, University College London Institute of Advanced Studies

This interdisciplinary panel discussion will consider approaches to the visualisation of homeless experience and ask: how can a psychoanalytic framework for thinking about this material help us understand produce new understandings? The idea of being at home and having a home are ideas embedded in psychoanalytic theory and practice. However, while Freud’s paper on the […]

National Photography Symposium 2018: The Future of Work in Photography

Redeye is delighted to be returning with the next National Photography Symposium (NPS), its biennial event, this year held at the MediaCityUK base of the University of Salford. Held over three dynamic and engaging days, The Future of Work in Photography will be a chance for people working with or in photography to discuss current issues, trends, ideas […]

The Social: Framing Other People, The Photographers’ Gallery

Join artist Anthony Luvera and activist Edward Whelan for our regular bar night for photographers and artists offering tips on a theme. Tonight our speakers address the subject of how photographic portraits can be produced with sensitivity, dialogue and genuine collaboration. This iteration of The Social has been organised in the context of the exhibition […]

Taking Part, Photofusion

An exhibition of socially-engaged photography curated by Anthony Luvera featuring the work of Eva Sajovic, Gemma-Rose Turnbull, D. Wiafe, and Wright & Vandame. In September 2016, Photofusion launched a participatory photography residency programme to enable four emerging artists to work with communities across South London, while receiving mentorship and opportunities for developing and sharing their […]

Frequently Asked Questions, Museum of Homelessness, Tate Liverpool

I’m homeless and have no money – Where can I go for something to eat and drink? Where can I find shelter when it is raining or snowing? Where can I go to the toilet during the day? Where can I go to the toilet during the night? Where can I get a bath or […]

Young People’s Guide to Self-portraiture, National Portrait Gallery

In the summer of 2016, Anthony Luvera collaborated with a group of eight young people aged 16-21 years to research self-portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery. Out of this research they created the Young People’s Guide to Self-portraiture as part of the NPG’s Heritage Lottery-funded project following the acquisition of Sir Anthony Van Dyck’s final self-portrait. Taking […]

Let Us Eat Cake (2017)

In 2017 the rights of LGBTQ+ people across the United Kingdom may appear to be equal and secure. However, in Northern Ireland today, marriage equality for queer people does not exist as it does elsewhere in the UK or in the Republic of Ireland. Reported homophobic hate crimes have risen year on year for almost […] charts the process of Anthony Luvera and a group of seven LGBTQ+ people as they create work for Queer Visions of Peace, a project that celebrates the queer communities of Northern Ireland during a time of conflict transformation. Chris Finlay Ciaran Rafferty Natalie McFall Paul Campbell Rachael Kathleen Raymond Dunn Sarah Cromie On Anthony and […]

Love Happens Here

An exhibition celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. This exhibition recognises the historic struggle of the LGBTIQ movement and shares a range of perspectives on London’s LGBTIQ community and culture as it marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. The photographs span the decades since the milestone […]

Photography and Collaboration: From Conceptual Art to Crowdsourcing

by Daniel Palmer Bloomsbury, February 2017 Photography and Collaboration offers a fresh perspective on existing debates in art photography and on the act of photography in general. Unlike conventional accounts that celebrate individual photographers and their personal visions, this book investigates the idea that authorship in photography is often more complex and multiple than we […]

Photo50: Gravitas, curated by Christiane Monarchi

Featuring the work of Madison Blackwood, Bronte Cordes, Sian Davey, Sophie Green, Frances Kearney,  Baptiste Lignel, Anthony Luvera, Melanie Manchot, Wendy McMurdo, Yvette Monahan, Spencer Murphy, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, and Abbie Trayler-Smith. ‘Gravitas’ refers to one of the core personal virtues taken by ancient Roman society as an important part of the expression of a purposeful […]

Engaged Urbanism

  Edited by Ben Campkin and Ger Duizings I.B. Tauris, 2016 ‘Engaged Urbanism showcases the exciting ways in which urbanists are responding to this question and working towards fairer cities. Its authors offer succinct, candid and carefully illustrated commentaries on the trials and successes of risk-taking research, revealing how they collaborate across fields of expertise, […]

Elephants in the Room Symposium at The Photographers’ Gallery

A symposium bringing together different generations of artists, cultural theorists and activists to look at feminist issues in art practice. A deliberate departure from the conference format, Elephants in the Room will take a more participatory and less hierarchical approach through offering a series of break-out discussion groups, a communal lunch and a collage-making area. […]

Practicable: From Participation to Interaction in Contemporary Art

Edited by Samuel Bianchini and Erik Verhagen MIT Press, 2016 How are we to understand works of art that are realized with the physical involvement of the viewer? A relationship between a work of art and its audience that is rooted in an experience that is both aesthetic and physical? Today, these works often use […]

Subject of Study: Collaboration in Research and Artistic Practice

‘The Subject of Study – Collaboration in Research and Artistic Practice’ is explores research collaborations in academic and artistic practice. The conference opens with an afternoon of researcher lead discussion, exploring different forms of collaborative practice and relationships between the agency of individuals engaged in collaborative research and the institutional or disciplinary context in which […]

Participatory Photography: A Practice Showcase, Brighton Photo Biennial 2016

Presentations and chaired panel discussion with artists discussing different approaches to participatory practice, showcasing a diverse range of Photoworks projects. Anthony Luvera reflects on Queer in Brighton , actor Sean Mahoney and photographer Ania Dabrowska talk about MPower, their collaborative project with young men for BPB16, and Helen Cammock discusses Into the Outside, a heritage learning […]

Street Photography and the Art of Capturing the Crowd, at the Royal Academy of Arts

The depiction of everyday street life and capturing the energy of life on the street has pre-occupied artists for centuries. From Renoir’s evocative street scenes of late 19th Century Parisian life to Lowry’s iconic views of crowds in industrial Yorkshire, the dynamic energy and movement of crowds has been a central feature of modern and […]

Notes on Photography and Death: Mourning, Spectacle, Evidence

The Death Detectives was an event held at The Photographers’ Gallery on Thursday 3rd of December 2015, organised by Elizabeth Cotton, as part of the public programme for the exhibition Burden of Proof: The Construction of Visual Evidence curated by Diane Dufour. This event and a subsequent digital resource featured contributions by David Morgan, Steve […]

Never Apologise, IC Visual Lab, Bristol

Featuring the work of Anthony Luvera, Stefan Ruiz, Sidnay Banks, and Zanele Muholi. Visual narratives play a part in constructing the roles we make for ourselves as well as those that are constructed for us. This group exhibition explores notions of identity, sexuality and how LGBT people are represented in society. Supported by Division of […]

In Conversation: Place and Revolution, with Synthia Griffin of Tate Modern

Published by Open Engagement on the In Conversation: Place and Revolution Blog, edited by Gemma-Rose Turnbull 3 April 2015 In Conversation: Place and Revolution is a series of blog posts that put the place and context of socially engaged art at the fore. Beginning in March 2015 and continuing each week leading up to Open […]

Assembly, Brighton Photo Fringe, Phoenix Brighton, 4 – 26 October 2014

Assembly by Anthony Luvera is an exhibition of work created over a twelve-month with people who have experienced homelessness living in Brighton. Assembly consists of a new series of Assisted Self-Portraits; photographs created by participants; sound recordings; an installation of research on homelessness support services across the UK; and documentation of the artist’s working practice. […]

Look Again at The Photographers’ Gallery

Look Again, hosted by Anthony Luvera, invites an intimate group of participants to look intensively at a single photograph they are unfamiliar with and read it out-loud together. This looking group is focused on slowing down the way in which we as viewers look at images, bringing into question the difference between looking and seeing. […]

Is it possible to have a truly reciprocal partnership with a community?

Published by Open Engagement on the 100 Days 100 Questions Blog 8 May 2014 Open Engagement is a free annual conference on socially engaged art, directed and founded by Jen Delos Reyes, and planned in conjunction with the Art and Social Practice program at Portland State University. At the end of the 2013 Open Engagement conference […]

Queer in Brighton

Edited by Anthony Luvera and Maria Jastrzebska, Queer in Brighton explores the untold stories and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* people in Brighton & Hove, past and present. The culmination of intensive work by over 150 people who have come together to share stories, reminiscences, creative writing and photography, this publication is a […]

Not Going Shopping, newspaper

In February 2014 the Collaborative Portraits from not going shopping were exhibited as large-format posters in outdoor public spaces across Brighton & Hove. At the same time, 3,000 copies of the not going shopping newspaper were distributed free throughout the city.  

Not Going Shopping, exhibition

[rlslider id=1502] In February 2014 Collaborative Portraits from not going shopping were exhibited as large-format posters in outdoor public spaces across Brighton & Hove.

Not Going Shopping (2013-2014)

In June 2013 I was invited to collaborate with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* people in Brighton to create work about being queer for Queer in Brighton. The invitation immediately captured my attention. While the first same sex weddings in March 2014 may be a great step forward for the rights of queer people in […]

Speaking Nearby: Anthony Luvera in Conversation with Chris Wright

Published in Anthropology and Art Practice Edited by Arnd Schneider and Christopher Wright Bloomsbury, 2013   Anthony Luvera (AL): I first began working with people who have experienced being homeless around 2001. Since then I’ve worked with hundreds of people in cities and towns across the UK, including London, Colchester, and Belfast. Over this time […]

Queer Times for SuperMassiveBlackHole

Guest editor SMBHmag15 Issue 15, 2013 Featuring work by Ami Barnes, Darren Campion, Thomas Hellstrom, Dean Hollowood, Adelaide Ivánova, Patricia Karallis, Michael Koch, Paul Knight, Claudia Moroni, Momo Okabe, Mélanie Pottier, Ryan Riddington, Karolina Sobel, Tatiana Vinogradova, and Lee Wagstaff.   Queer Times “Being queer is not about a right to privacy; it is about the […]

Tools For Sharing: Wendy Ewald In Conversation With Anthony Luvera

Published by Photoworks November 2013   Anthony Luvera (AL): Was there a particular experience in your education or childhood that enabled you to see learning, teaching and participation as tools for your photographic practice? Wendy Ewald (WE): I think my interest in education evolved naturally from helping to rehabilitate my brother after he was hit […]

In My Skin: Michelle Sank In Conversation With Anthony Luvera

Published by Photomonitor September 2013 Anthony Luvera (AL): For over a decade you have photographed children, adolescents and young adults. While you have addressed particular circumstances, experiences and themes – ranging from teenage pregnancy, ex-offender rehabilitation, to living in Belfast after The Troubles – underpinning your work appears to be a fascination with individuals going […]

Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography by Colin Graham

Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography by Colin Graham was published by Belfast Exposed in partnership with the MAC on the occasion of the exhibition Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography showing at Belfast Exposed and the MAC from 10 May to 7 July 2013. Since the 1980s Northern Ireland has produced a distinctive body of photographic […]

The World in London

  The World in London presents portraits of Londoners by British and international photographers taken from 2009 – 2012. Each portrait shows a person or people from one of the 204 nations taking part in the London 2012 Games, accompanied by individual stories. Between July and September 2012, the portraits were exhibited as large-scale posters […]

Populate or Perish

Catalogue Essay Published in Hijacked 3 (Kehrer Verlag) Edited by Louise Clements, Mark McPherson and Leigh Robb   1. The trafficking of photography between the United Kingdom and Australia is believed to have begun as early as 1839. Reports of the photogenic experiments of William Henry Fox Talbot and Dr Andrew Fyfe appeared in the […]

The Photographer’s Story

Exhibition Review of Shaped by War: Photographs by Don McCullin at Imperial War Museum, London Published in Source Spring 2012, Issue 70 The ethical landscape of photojournalism is as contested as the terrain it depicts. Issues of agency, instrumentality, subjectivity, accuracy and voyeurism collide in debates about the practice of the photojournalist, the commissioning and […]

Residency (2006-2011)

I first travelled to Belfast in November 2006. By that time I had spent almost six years compiling photographs made by homeless people living in London. Finding myself in a position of guardian to a growing collection of negatives, photographs and ephemera created by over 250 people, I was uncertain as to whether this material […]

The Search for Safety

Book review of A Million Shillings, Escape from Somalia by Alixandra Fazzina (Trolley) Published in Source Spring 2011, Issue 66   The ability to travel freely is taken for granted in the Western World almost as a human right. For people in the Horn of Africa attempts to flee countries consumed by extreme poverty, famine, […]

A Personal Story

Book review of The Kaddu Wasswa Archive, A Visual Biography by Andrea Stultiens (Post Editions) Published in Source Spring 2011, Issue 66 “Usually people do not write their own history. Some people are given a history that is not really theirs. But who can oppose and prove otherwise?” Andrea Stutliens situates this quote prominently on […]

Elusive, curated by Sian Bonnell

8 February – 18 March 2011 Camberwell Space, Camberwell College of Arts, 45 – 65 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UF Featuring the work of Suky Best, Karen Brett, Kathryn Faulkner, Anna Fox, Toby Glanville, Laura Guy, Fergus Heron, Jane Hilton, Juneau Projects, Uta Kogelsberger, Chrystel Lebas, Anthony Luvera, John Miles, Wendy McMurdo, Trish Morrissey, Heidi […]

Photography & Participation at The Photographers’ Gallery

Photography & Participation was a series of six talks held over two weeks organised by Anthony Luvera and Ben Judd that examined the differences and the connections between performance, participation and social interaction in photography that engages with social practices and communities. Mon 15 November, 19.00 Dr TJ Demos: An Informal Talk on Photography & […]

Cities Methodologies Bucharest

An exhibition of works from Residency and Prologue to Isha at The National University of Arts (UNA) in Bucharest, Romania, part of Cities Methodologies Bucharest curated by Aurora Kiraly and Simona Dumitriu, October 28 to November 5, 2010.


Published in Photographies Volume 3 Issue 2 September 2010 Special Issue: Photography, Archive and Memory Guest Editors: Karen Cross and Julia Peck   For almost ten years I have been compiling photographs made by people who have experienced being homeless. In 2006, after collecting around 10,000 photographs, negatives and ephemera created by over 250 people, […]

Dad’s Clothes – André Penteado

Published in Source Summer 2010, Issue 63   The use of photography to memorialise the death of a relative was widely practiced in the early history of the medium. Post-mortem portraits, documentation of funeral parties, images of grief-stricken mourners and photographic displays embellished with personal items such as a lock of hair or a piece […]

Fire Scene: Sarah Pickering In Conversation with Anthony Luvera

Published in Hot Shoe Apr-May 2009 Sarah Pickering’s photographs of the training grounds used by the UK law enforcement and emergency services for disaster provision are as much a view on the complex manufacture of British society as they are a depiction of the fabricated environments. The young British photographer first rose to attention upon […]

Scandalous Photographs of Children

Book review of The Henson Case by David Marr (Text Publishing) Published in Source Summer 2009, Issue 59 What is an appropriate photograph of a naked child? Who may be permitted to create it? Where might it be viewed? Who should be allowed to look at it? Definitions of art and pornography are never more […]

Authenticity in Depiction

Exhibition review of Open See by Jim Goldberg at The Photographers’ Gallery Published in Source Winter 2009/10, Issue 61 Open See, recently on show at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, is an exhibition by Jim Goldberg about migration in Europe. The American photographer began creating this body of work in 2003 when he was commissioned […]

A Home for Photo-Theory

Review of Photographies, and Photography and Culture Published in Source Autumn 2008, Issue 56   Photographs are more present than ever before. While it is certain that they will to continue to infiltrate our everyday experiences in ways previously unimaginable, it is perhaps both their ubiquity and unpredictability that has scattered the development of “photography […]

A Colonial Inception

Book review of Photography and Australia by Helen Ennis (Reaktion) Published in Source Autumn 2008, Issue 56   The charting of Australian photographic history is a largely under-developed project. While there has been a steady stream of survey exhibitions since white Australia’s bicentennial celebrations of 1988, prior to Helen Ennis’s Photography and Australia arguably only […]

Using Children’s Photographs

Published in Source Spring 2008, Issue 54 Anthony Luvera examines a number of projects in which artists have used children’s photographs and the challenges that this work presents. When considering practices that use photographs made by other people, it is not enough to only consider what is in the image. It must be also asked, […]

Westminster (2007)

Photographs and Assisted Self-Portraits made with residents of King Georges Hostel Victoria exhibited in Westminster Reference Library from 12 to 24 November 2007. Steve Davis, Steve Eaton, Aaron Goosey, Pietro Minecci, Mark Ravenscroft, Steve Rogers Boult  

Empowering Photography

Book Review of Towards A Promised Land by Wendy Ewald (Steidl / Artangel) Published in Source Spring 2007 Issue 50   Reviewing a publication by an artist whose practice is driven by process, dialogue and collaboration is an intriguing exercise. It becomes more than an examination of the content of images and words spread out […]

The Feminine Ideal

Exhibition review of Being Beauteous at White Space Gallery, London Published in Source Summer 2007, Issue 51   Photography and beauty have always been slippery bedfellows. When William Henry Fox Talbot christened his invention the ‘calotype’ after ‘kalos’, the Greek word for beauty, he prophetically pointed to the symbiotic entanglement that would endure between the […]

1+1=3, Collaboration in Recent British Portraiture, curated by Susan Bright

Featuring the work of Emma Critchley, Anna Fox, Sara Haq, Paul Jeff, Wiebke Leister, Anthony Luvera, Melanie Manchot, and Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. ‘This exhibition takes as its foundation the nature of collaboration. What exactly does collaboration mean and how does it manifest itself? Does collaboration really mean equal partners as one might originally […]

Prologue to Isha (2005)

Prologue to Isha is a six-minute DVD video piece presented on a monitor with headphones. This work envelopes my interests in the machinations of the exchange between photographer and subject, through a revealing documentation of the preparations for a documentary interview with Isha, a woman living with chronic schizophrenia. The piece also constitutes a representation […]

Photographs and Assisted Self-Portraits

Published in Source, Issue 47 2006 Photographs I had never wanted to photograph homeless people before. I’d read the (de)constructive writings by photo critics on ‘others’, poverty and representation. I knew about the complexities of the find-a-bum school of photography trounced by Martha Rosler. So in December 2001, when it was put to me by […]

Stories From Gilded Pavements

An exhibition of Photographs and Assisted Self-Portraits across 12 central London Tube stations: Charing Cross, Highbury & Islington, Kings Cross, Leicester Square, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Marble Arch, Mile End, Oxford Circus, St Pauls, Stratford and Tottenham Court Road.