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 – often collaborating with communities perceived as being hard to reach. For the past five years I’ve worked closely with indigenous Gypsy and Traveller groups and migrant Romani families (read about this here). In addition to newspaper and magazine stories, my work has been turned into books, multimedia and exhibitions.

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 (full CV).

Selected clients

The Guardian, Newsweek, The Big Issue in the North, You Magazine, Inside 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