In Pictures

Helping communities with the power of photography

Open 3: Affecting Change is an exhibition of emerging photographers in the north-west of England who are all concerned with creating social change with photography.

Five photographers were given the chance to work with organisations across Liverpool that attempt to transform the lives of others. Rather than simply document their actions, the artists worked alongside the people in each organisation to help create positive change. Here are three of the participants' work.

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Matty Lambert and The UTS Foundation

The UTS Foundation is part of a sports coaching centre in Hoylake. It provides free sessions to vulnerable groups across the Wirral: those recovering from cancer care, isolated older people and disadvantaged or disaffected young people.

Matty Lambert worked with the group to show the determination of all involved, visiting the centre regularly to build relationships.

A woman practices her boxing. Image copyright Matty Lambert

"Normally my photos are taken without prior permission, in the moment," Lambert said. "For this project, I got to know the people I was photographing a lot more than usual.

"Being a 6ft 6in (1.98m) tall photographer you don't go unnoticed, so getting involved in the sessions and becoming part of the group enabled me to capture the more intimate moments without intruding."

Participants stretch around a block. Image copyright Matty Lambert
Members of the sport class laugh together. Image copyright Matty Lambert
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Yetunde Adebiyi and Between the Borders

Yetunde Adebiyi attended protests at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

Yarl's Wood, in Bedfordshire, holds detainees waiting for their immigration status to be resolved. They are mostly single women.

Adebiyi attended it with Between the Borders, an open collective of people with and without citizenship in the UK, who attempt to help those navigating the asylum process.

Placards outside Yarl's Wood Image copyright Yetunde Adebiyi

Yarl's Wood has come under criticism for the alleged mistreatment of women detained there. Placards bear messages with pleas to release them, and to grant stability to immigrants.

However, a report commissioned by operators Serco found that although there were "serious staffing concerns" there was "not an endemic culture of abuse nor a hidden problem of inappropriate behaviour by staff".

Protesters hold placards outside Yarl's Wood Image copyright Yetunde Adebiyi
A single placard in front of Yarl's Wood prision Image copyright Yetunde Adebiyi
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Jane MacNeil and North Docks Community Group

The docks feature some of the world's largest red brick structures but are soon to be redeveloped.

The community group meets regularly to ensure the area remains accessible to the people already living and working there.

It works to encourage communication and make sure that development can be carried out considerately and sustainably.

A worker at North Docks Image copyright Jane MacNeil
An image of Liverpool’s North Docks area Image copyright Jane MacNeil

MacNeil met Anna Mulhearn, a designer who works in the Invisible Wind Factory, a growing venue and studio complex in a warehouse space.

This building and its creative community are at the heart of the area's resurgence.

The docks are open to people from a wide range of industries. Photography studios, taxi repair garages, costume designers and construction companies all sit side by side.

A portrait of Anna Mulhearn, a designer based at Invisible Wind Factory Image copyright Jane MacNeil

Open 3: Affecting Change can be seen at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, until 17 September.

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