I’m a photographer and writer based in Manchester.

I was a print journalist for 18 years, but now focus on independent documentary projects and socially engaged work. I use photography, text, collage, and audio to tell stories and help other people do the same.

My primary interest is social affairs and recurring themes within my work include community, mental health, criminal justice, housing and migration.

Between 2011 and 2014 I worked closely with several Roma families to tell intimate visual stories about their lives in the UK, resulting in a book and two exhibitions. This work was funded by Arts Council England, Side Gallery, the Lipman-Miliband Trust and Big Issue North Trust.

During the first UK lockdown in 2020, I photographed more than 250 local households through their windows. I went on to make a book, Levy Lockdown Portraits, funded via a Kickstarter campaign. This then developed into a community participatory project, documenting the pandemic.

In 2021 I was part of Crossing Sectors, a programme for socially engaged photographers run by Open Eye Gallery – followed by the Making of Us, a similar initiative at the Turnpike in Leigh. I have delivered workshops in schools and community settings.

I am an associate lecturer in photography at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Prior to going freelance in 2006 I was chief reporter at the Flintshire Evening Leader and a reporter at the short-lived North West Enquirer. I’ve worked at the Manchester Evening News and wrote for Big Issue North for 15 years. I have an MA in photojournalism and documentary photography from London College of Communication.

Past clients/partners

Open Eye Gallery, Side Gallery, The Turnpike, Peshkar, The Horsfall, The Men’s Room, Invisible Manchester, The Whitworth, Big Issue North, The Guardian, NewsweekInside Housing, BBC, Al Jazeera, Save the Children, Action Aid, University of Salford, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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

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