Information

I am a photographer and filmmaker living in Sheffield, UK. I specialise in documentary storytelling with photography, video and audio. My work is socially engaged and focuses on my interests in migration, identity and belonging, and youth issues.

I have published and exhibited work in the UK, China, Spain, Germany, and Russia. I am part of Picture Story Productions filmmaking collective and also work on participatory photography and digital storytelling workshops for young people and marginalised groups.

I am particularly interested in Chinese culture and society, and the relationship between China and the UK, and am working on a long-term project to document and share the stories of Sheffield’s Chinese community.

Contact

 info@gemmathorpe.com
+ 44 (0) 7746713737 (UK)
@gemma_thorpe

Selected Work

  • Near and Far, exhibition of portraits from Chinese Life in Sheffield at Look17, Liverpool International Photo Festival, 2017
  • Football Stories, book and exhibition at Sheffield Winter Garden, 2016
  • The Living Archive, Archive Sheffield group exhibition, Charles St, Sheffield 2016
  • Portrait Salon (Mrs Cheng in group exhibition), The Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery, Tokyo, 2016, The Embassy Tea Gallery, London, 2015
  • ‘Home is’ exhibition at Sheffield Central Library, 2015
  • Chinese Life in Sheffield, exhibition at Sheffield Cathedral, 2015
  • The City as Bricolage, publication with Sheffield Archives and Archive Sheffield, funded by Arts Council of England, 2015
  • Photographic illustrations in All that is Solid, Danny Dorling, Allen Lane/Penguin, 2014
  • British Council commission, London Festival of Architecture, 2014
  • Salford Media Festival, screening of A Break in the Clouds film, 2013
  • The Youzi Project exhibition at Guizhou International Photography Festival, China, 2013
  • The Youzi Project exhibition at The University of Sheffield, 2012
  • The Homeless Film Festival UK, solo exhibition, Manchester, 2012
  • BlowUp! Angkor Street Intervention, Angkor Watt Photo Festival, Cambodia, 2011
  • Photomonth group exhibition, East London Festival of Photography, 2011
  • Look11 group exhibition, International Festival of Photography, Liverpool, 2011
  • Transition, solo exhibition at Walsall New Art Gallery, 2011
  • Intimate China group exhibition, AM Gallery, Brighton, 2011
  • Esquire magazine (Russian edition), 2010
  • Missouri Photo Workshop Scholarship, USA, 2009
  • Deutsches Architektur Annual, photographic illustrations from Beijing Olympic Games site, Frankfurt, 2008
  • Pingyao International Photo Festival group exhibition, China, 2008
  • Watercube: The Book, photographic illustrations from Beijing Olympic Games site, Actar D Barcelona, 2008
  • Index On Censorship magazine, photographic contributor 2007-2008
  • Inner Mongolia group exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2007

Links

Vimeo 

游子 The Youzi Project

 

Education

  • Chinese Language Programme, Chengdu, China (scholarship from the Great Britain China Centre), 2012
  • MA International Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, Dalian Image Art College, China, 2007
  • HND Photography, Leeds College of Art and Design
  • BA Geography, The University of Sheffield