I’m a photographer, print journalist and editor based in Manchester. I have an interest in social affairs and balance commissioned writing and photography with independent documentary projects involving communities such as indigenous Gypsies and Travellers and migrant Roma.

Between 2011 and 2014 I worked closely with several Roma families to tell intimate visual stories about their lives in the UK. This was made possible thanks to grants from Arts Council England, a Homelands Commission from Side Gallery in Newcastle and support from the Lipman-Miliband Trust and the Big Issue in the North Trust. Please check out this work in the galleries over here.

Prior to going freelance in 2006 I was chief reporter at the Flintshire Evening Leader, and reported for the North West Enquirer and Manchester Evening News. I now supply written features and images to a range of clients – from magazines to charities – and regularly edit The Big Issue in the North. Recurring themes include mental health, criminal justice, housing, homelessness and migration. I have also guest lectured at universities and led participatory arts workshops in schools.

Selected clients

The Guardian, Newsweek, The Big Issue in the NorthInside Housing, BBC, Al Jazeera, Save the Children, Action Aid, University of Salford, University of Manchester.

Please get in touch at

m: 07886 532719
e: info@ciaraleeming.co.uk