London, UK


I worked with digital photography for commercial use such as product photography. I also worked with travelling magazines in Turkey.

Since 2011, I am attracted to alternative photographic ways particularly pinhole photography due to its features of being transformative and unpredictable. It reflects authenticity in an unexpected way. My self portraits are exploration of self, aesthetics, time, and stillness.

“Ugural’s work considers her studies, but reflects on womanhood by being a mirror of herself, too.” Alice Vincent, The Telegraph

“Sebnem Ugural’s ‘Pinhole’ offers a striking insight into the individual and universal soul of womanhood.” Jess Denham, The Independent


2008 – 2009 M.A. in Theory and Practice of Human Rights (Full Time) (British Council Chevening and OSI Scholarship), University of Essex, Colchester/UK

1998 – 2005 M.S. in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara/Turkey

Photography and Art Experience:

2017 July Cyanotype and Ebru (paper marbling) workshop at Hackney Wicked Festival

2016 May – Now Ebru (paper marbling) and photography workshop with mental health clients, Workshop Facilitator, DERMAN, London

2016 Jan Ebru (paper marbling) workshop Facilitator, Hackney, London

2015 Aug Portrait Shooting with a camera obscura converted from a van, The Art Car Boot Fair, Margate Edition with Turner Contemporary

2015 Jul Commissioned by V&A Museum of Childhood to run Ebru (paper marbling) workshop with children during the Summer Festival

2015 June Portrait Shooting with camera obscura converted from a van, Moving Shapes, Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane

2015 Mar-Now Photography Workshop Facilitator, and Project Coordinator at
FitPix Community Project;
Funded by Get Hackney Healthy Challenge Fund, Comic Relief Fund, London

2015 June-Now Co-Founder and member of E5 Process, London

• Aim: To work for the public benefit, to advance art and education specifically in the field of fine art analogue photographic printing, to run community projects.

2014 July Head size Camera Obscura workshop, Summer Festival, V&A Museum of Childhood, London

2014 June Head size Camera Obscura workshop, New Voices Festival, Praxis (part of London Refugee Week), V&A Museum of Childhood, London

2014 Apr-July Pinhole Photography for Children workshop leader, IMECE Women’sCentre, BBC Children In Need Grant

2013 Nov-Now Running pinhole photography workshops for children and adult groups

2013 Jan-Now Pictural Photography Solutions, London Co-founder and Photographer Business portrait, e-marketing, portrait, landscape, and product photography, photo retouching and editing

2012 Mar-Now Panosurf Virtual Tour and 360º Panoramic Photography, London Co-founder and Photographer Creating high quality virtual tours and 360º interactive panoramas, interior photography

2007 Jan-Dec Metropol-Ist Magazine Kolektif Fikirler Publishing Ltd Company,Istanbul, Photography Editor; Collecting, choosing and taking photographs, and writing features

2006-Now Freelance Photographer


2017 Jan “Near Water” E5 Process Collective, London

2017 Jul “Surface and Light II” E5 Process Collective, London

2017 May Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize 2017 Exhibition, London, UK

2016 Nov “Obsolete and Discontinued”, Cologne, Germany

2016 Nov ’Surface and Light’, E5 Process Collective,London, UK

2016 May “Obsolete and Discontinued”, Revela-T, Analog Photography Festival, Barcelona, Spain

2016 Apr London Pinhole Festival 2016, Doomed Gallery, London, UK

2015 Sep ‘Making Space’ by W.A.L.PH. Collective, The Library at Willesden Green, London, UK

2014 Nov ’Me and My World Through Pinhole Exhibition’ by young refugees and migrants part of pinhole photography project funded by BBC Children In Need, London, UK

2014 Sep London Analogue Festival, London, UK

2014 July London Alternative Photography Collective past speakers’ exhibition, Doomed Gallery, London, UK

2014 April London Pinhole Festival, Doomed Gallery, London, UK (pinholeldn.wordpress.com/about/)

2014 March W.I.N. ‘Spirit of Womanhood Art Exhibition’, Gallery@OXO, OXO Tower,London, UK

The Independent’s review of the Spirit of Womanhood Exhibition,  About the exhibition

2013 Dec Light Play Residents’ Exhibition Launch Artist, Double NegativeDarkrooms, London, UK (londonalternativephotography.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/light-play-double-negative-darkrooms)

2013 Sep Group exhibition, Hackney Downs Studios ‘The Wall Project’ – Boundaries, London, UK

2013 July Group exhibition, Islington Arts Factory, ‘Summer Salon’, London, UK

2013 Feb Photography Exhibition, ‘ClissOld Snowy Nights’, London, UK

2012 Dec Group exhibition, Hackney Downs Studios ‘The Wall Project’, London, UK

2010 Apr Solo Photography exhibition ‘Against Domestic Violence’ in Spring Festival, Art and Humanities in the University of Essex, Colchester, UK


2014-2015 Artist in residency, Double Negative Dark Room, London (dndr.org.uk)

Interviews and Features:

2015 Oct Fig.9

2015 Sep Don’t Take Pictures Magazine, Some Assembly Required

2015 Jan Double Negative Dark Room

2014 Mar The Telegraph by Alice Vincent, Arts writer – Life Without a Lens: Sebnem Ugural’s Pinhole Photography


2015 Oct – Now Obsolete & Discontinued

2015 Jun – Now W.A.L.PH. Collective

2015 May – Now E5 Process

2014 Feb – Now LAPC (London Alternative Photography Collective)

Workshops & Trainings & Awards:

2017 May Short-listed in Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize 2017

2017 Jan Psycho-educational course on Mental Health Certificate

2014 Mar Safe Guarding and Child Protection Level 1 Certificate

2014 Oct Short-listed in Close Up: Women in Photo Mentoring Opportunity

2013 Nov Freelance Work With Young People in the Arts and Cultural Sectors Course, Artswork, London

2009 Oct £2,700 scholarship was granted by Open Society Institute OSI – internship in a human rights NGO

2009 Mar Third Place Photography Prize, Woman’s Angle Scenario and Photography Contest by IMECE

Other Work Experience:

2016 Oct-Now Mental Health Support Worker, DERMAN, London

2015 Sep-2016 Mar Domestic Violence Support Worker, DERMAN, London, Fixed Term Contract

2015 Jun-Nov Domestic Violence Support Worker, IMECE Women’s Centre, London, Fixed Term Contract

2015 Jan-Mar Domestic Violence Specialist and Family Support Worker, IMECE Women’s Centre, London, Fixed Term Contract

2014 Jul-Aug Domestic Violence Advice Worker, Solace Women’s Aid, London, Fixed Term Contract

2014 Jan-Now Advice worker, Anatolian Centre, London, Volunteer

2013 Jan-Aug Domestic Violence Advice Worker, Solace Women’s Aid, London,Volunteer

2010 Dec-2011 May Photography mentor, Women’s Therapy Centre, London, Volunteer

2010 Jul-Aug Trip Coordinator, LAWA, Latin American Women`s Aid, London, Volunteer

2009 Oct-2010 Oct Advice and research assistant, IMECE Women’s Centre, London,Volunteer

2009 Oct-Dec Outreach worker, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation-IKWRO, London Volunteer

2008 Feb-May Amnesty International, Turkey, Istanbul, Volunteer

* Recent DBS, public liability insurance, and Safe Guarding and Child Protection Level 1 Certificate are available.