Who we are

About Autograph ABP

Autograph ABP is based in London where it runs a photography gallery and a programme of talks and educational activities. It also works internationally promoting exhibitions, events and publications concerned with photography, cultural identity, race, representation and human rights.

Autograph was established in 1988 with the mission of promoting black photographers, providing black people with a focus for developing photographic practices within their own communities, and advocating the inclusion of historically marginalised photographic practices within mainstream cultural institutions.

From a small office in the Bon Marché Building in Brixton, Autograph launched an ambitious programme that included a series of commissions, publishing projects and partnerships with institutions, both nationally and internationally. 

In 2007 Autograph applied for charitable status and in the same year moved to a new, purpose-built gallery and offices at Rivington Place in Shoreditch. It continues to produce a programme of exhibitions and events, supports the production of new work through commissions, publications and residencies. It regularly collaborates with artists, scholars and institutions with the aim of engaging audiences around the world concerned with photography and film, cultural identity, race, representation and human rights.

In addition, Autograph established in 2008 an Archive & Research Centre to address the lack of visual representation of Britain’s diverse communities in cultural history. 

Autograph encourages cross-curricular teaching and visual literacy through our accessible Learning Resources, and regular programmes for students of all ages. It continues to preserve the legacy of artists’ work through a range of publications and limited edition prints for sale.

About Rivington Place

Rivington Place is the home of Autograph ABP. The building opened in October 2007, the UK’s first permanent public space dedicated to diversity in the visual arts and the first new public gallery to be built in London since the Hayward Gallery 40 years previously.

This RIBA award-winning building was designed by David Adjaye and is influenced by African and contemporary art as well as the history of the local area. It comprises one large gallery on the ground floor, two smaller spaces upstairs, the Stuart Hall Library, meeting rooms available to hire, and a café, and provides a space for viewing, learning about and researching photography and film.


Rt Hon David Lammy MP
David was born in Tottenham and has served as MP for the constituency since 2000. He studied law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Law School, was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994, and became the first black Briton to study a Masters in Law at the Harvard Law School, graduating in 1997. David served nine years as a Minister in the last Labour government and was made a Privy Councillor in 2008. He is also the author of Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots (Guardian Books, 2011). @DavidLammy

Professor Catherine Hall
Catherine is a British feminist historian. Since 2009 she has been Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College London. She was Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project Legacies of British Slave Ownership (2004-12), and now of the new ESRC/AHRC funded project The Structure and Significance of British-Caribbean Slave-Ownership, 1763-1833 (2013-16). She is the author of several books including Civilising Subjects (University of Chicago Press, 2002) and Macaulay and Son: Architects of Imperial Britain (Yale University Press, 2012).

Lola Young Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE
Baroness Young is an artist, author, cultural critic, public speaker and broadcaster. She started her career in theatre and television, later moving on to become professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University.

She was head of culture at the Greater London Authority from 2001 to 2004 and was created a life peer on June 22, 2004, taking the title Baroness Young of Hornsey. She currently advises arts and cultural agencies on policy, diversity, leadership and strategic planning. She is an independent crossbench peer and takes an active interest in ethical issues in international trade, particularly the garment industry and has been involved in campaigns combating modern forms of enslavement.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
‘Skip’ Gates is an American historian, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. He currently serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Gates has authored or co-authored 20 books and created 14 documentary films. He is probably best-known recently for his popular genealogy series Finding Your Roots. He is the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees and in 1981 was one of the first recipients of a MacArthur fellowship.

Autograph ABP Team

Dr Mark Sealy MBE, Director
Mark was appointed Director of Autograph ABP in 1991. He was awarded the Hood Medal for services to photography in 2007 by the Royal Photographic Society, and in January 2013 he was awarded an MBE for services to photography. He is currently a PhD candidate at Durham University, where his research focuses on photography and cultural violence. He has curated several major exhibitions, and his publications include Different (Phaidon 2001) with Professor Stuart Hall.

Holly Tebbutt Deputy Director
Holly joined Autograph in 2013. She has 25 years of experience working with visual arts organisations as former Head of Visual Arts for Arts Council England, as a programme leader in higher education, a research consultant and in senior executive roles. Alongside her role at Autograph, she is a Trustee of London Print Studio which provides specialist facilities for fine artists.

Renée Mussai, Curator & Head of Archive
Over the past 10 years Renée has overseen the establishment of the new Archive and Research Centre at Rivington Place, and organised numerous exhibitions in Europe, Africa and the US. She lectures internationally on photography and cultural politics, and has been a regular guest curator and non-resident fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University since 2009. She is presently a PhD candidate in Art History at University College London.

John Bracken, Head of Finance

Karin Bareman, Exhibitions and Projects Organiser
Alongside her work at Autograph, Karin also writes about photography. From 2010 to 2015 she worked as assistant curator at Foam, the photography museum in Amsterdam, where she co-produced many exhibitions. In 2015 Karin received the Milton Rogovin Research Fellowship from the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona for her forthcoming research into the photographic representation of Appalachia.

Lois Olmstead, Communications and Web Coordinator

Lucy Keany, Public Programme Coordinator
Lucy has worked in a variety of creative programming roles for visual arts organisations in both Scotland and London. She was the events curator at Edinburgh Art Festival and then went onto work for the Glasgow-based photography gallery Street Level Photoworks.  She was the programme manager at at Scotland’s only Chinese Arts and Cultural Centre. At Autograph Lucy now programmes events and creative activities for a wide range of audiences. 

Adrian Eaves, General Manager

Cherelle Sappleton, Administrator
Cherelle is a visual artist who works part-time in the Autograph office. She started out in performance-based practice but now works with photographic media using images of herself and the female body as a starting point to explore issues relating to agency and the female gaze. 


Iqbal Wahhab OBE
Iqbal was born in Bangladesh and is a graduate of the London School of Economics. He has worked as a journalist, set up his own PR firm and in 2001 launched the multi award-winning Cinnamon Club and in 2005 opened Roast, a restaurant and bar in Borough Market. In 2007, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by the University of East London. He works closely with The Prince’s Trust and is Chair of the Government’s Ethnic Minority Advisory Group. @IqbalWahhab

Claire Antrobus
Claire is an independent arts management consultant and a NESTA Innovation Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme. @claireant

Ron Henocq
Ron founded the Café Gallery in 1984 and is now the director of CGP London which manages two important contemporary art spaces in Southwark Park.

John Ellis
John is a Chartered Accountant who has spent more than 25 years working with not-for-profit organisations, particularly in the arts, advice and human rights sectors.

Mitra Tabrizian 
Mitra was born in Iran, and lives and works in London. She is a photographer and filmmaker who has published and exhibited widely in major international museums and galleries.

John Dyer
John is the chief executive of Credibility, a national business and people development consultancy, focused on diversity and leading edge business skills training and consultancy.

Rupert Grey
Rupert is a consultant in the Litigation Group specialising in libel and copyright law and has been involved in many leading cases in the field of media law.

Eric D Collins
Eric is CEO of Mobile Posse Inc which supplies mobile advertising for advertisers, content providers and wireless carriers in North America. He is a business leader known for taking initiatives to define strategy, drive revenue and audience growth and for applying sound business judgment in both resource-rich and resource-constrained environments.

Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Black Friar, 1989
Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Umbrella, 1987