We are based in the UK and in Spain, we work locally, nationally and internationally.
We are a collective of international, muti-disciplinary and multilingual visual artists, in love with images and experiment, dialogue people and cultures.
We are photographers, filmmakers, artists, researchers, participatory arts practitioners, project managers, educators, creative minds and multi-skilled change makers.
FOUNDING EXE DIR/ FILMMAKER / PHOTOGRAPHER
Graduated from the London College of Communication, Ingrid is a documentary and portrait photographer, filmmaker, and participatory visual media facilitator. Her studies in social and visual anthropology made a major shift to her career, it triggered her passion for community engagement and self-representation and led her to found Fotosynthesis. She has more than 10 years of experience in designing and implementing participatory media projects and audiovisual productions within the education, museums, and international development sectors in Europe, Africa, and Latin America with INGOs such as Interpeace, International Catalan Institute of Peace, United States Institute of Peace, Conciliation Resources and Beyond Skin (Northern Ireland).
As an executive director of Fotosynthesis, she continues to exhibit her work and undertakes photographic and filmmaking assignments and long-term projects around peacebuilding, migration, identities, memories using different alternative and historical photographic processes. She is also an associate of Insightshare delivering participatory video processes.
ALEJANDRO MOLANO VASQUEZ
DIRECTOR (SPAIN) FILMMAKER/SOUND/PEDAGOGUE
Alejo is a Colombian cinema lover, a sound recordist and post-producer, musician, singer, and father of a talented 17 year old daughter filmmaker. Living now in Zaragoza and director of Fosoynthesis Spain, Alejandro was trained to intervene in various creative processes and graduated in Visual Arts of the NATIONAL PEDAGOGICAL UNIVERSITY and in Directing of Actors (ESTUDIO BABEL), Bogotá, Colombia.
He has participated in several documentaries and fiction with Gusano Films nominated at different festivals. He has years of experience recording sounds in remote places in difficult conditions and was a teacher at the SENA (Colombia) and an audiovisual and script facilitator with young people, women, and the LGBTQ community in Colombia, and Zaragoza, where he is teaching audiovisual in various youth institutions.
Apart from dreaming of all the documentaries and fiction he has in his mind, his dream is to create a community cinema school in Zaragoza and do projects in Colombia.
DIRECTOR / FACILITATOR / VISUAL ARTIST
Federico believes that our soul is enriched by every soul we meet. He loves people and everything we can learn and share. He is inspired about learning from everyone’s culture and supporting those who don’t know they have one. He is passionate about creativity, is practical, skillful, and reflective.
As well as a great photographer, filmmaker, and facilitator, Federico is a graphic designer, community organiser, drummer, capoeirista, and great human being.
Originally from Argentina, he grew up in Colombia and studied graphic design at the Instituto de Artes en Medellín. He migrated to London many years ago and studied Youth Work along with many other courses. He is working with migrant communities using photography, arts, and sports as tools to support people to express themselves, empower and create a positive impact in society. Throughout his journey he has worked for Save the Children, RefugeeYouth, Croydon & Surrey Council, LAYF (Latin-American Youth Forum), IRMO (Indoamerican Refugee Migrant Organisation) Pembroke House, Migrateful, Praxis.
FILMMAKER / YOUTH FILMS
Salomé Molano Vera is 17 years old, from Colombia and currently lives in Zaragoza, Spain. Salomé, known for being the youngest filmmaker in Colombia, is a screenwriter, cameraman, director and actress. Since she was a child she has acted, been a presenter and juror at a film festival; she has participated in audiovisual, scriptwriting and editing workshops, among others. At her young age she has directed 8 short films; in 2021 she won first place in the Festicine category of the Festival de Cine e Infancia y Adolescencia in Bogotá, Colombia. She has been a member of the Fotosynthesis team for more than a year, and is currently in the process of making her short film “La imagen de lo que hice ayer”, as director and produced by Fotosynthesis. Her motivation is to make films for young people made by young people; to share and create content from her perspective as a teenager.
The rest of the team…
Fotosynthesis would not exist without the support, time, and dedication of our amazing friends and creative collaborators who make our projects possible, from graphic designers to facilitators, photographers, administrators, or advisors.