Learning Through A Lens
Over a decade of positive impact
About The Foundation
The Wembley to Soweto Foundation is a registered charity, providing photographic training and life-skills to disadvantaged young people, enabling them to move their lives forward and, ultimately, make a positive contribution to the society in which they live.
The charity operates an inclusive programme to help young people with troubled backgrounds from all over the world, regardless of circumstance. To date it has supported young people affected by poverty, war, hardship, discrimination, trauma and disability.
The charity offers intensive training courses and practical experiences providing life-skills and work opportunities to those who would normally never have the opportunity to engage in such a broad range of educational activities. It gives students the opportunity to become mentors, assistants and, indeed, teachers on subsequent courses.
The Foundation was created in the townships of Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010 against the backdrop of the FIFA World Cup and has since evolved into an international programme of courses run both in the UK and abroad.
Age 21. Hillbrow, Johannesburg, South Africa
I like shots that have impact. I like to take pictures that show the surroundings of the society, the details of people’s lives. I don’t like snapshots – I hate those kinds of photos.
Age 16. El Dorado, South Africa
This is my opportunity. I’m going to grasp it with both hands.
Age 17. Soweto, South Africa
I really wish and hope that Wembley to Soweto can be a big tree that grows a lot of branches to let the world know about photography and how what we experience in our everyday lives can be interpreted through pictures. I have learned that I have to persevere in terms of any hardship I come across. Instead of just sitting down and waiting for help, I need to go out there and do it myself.
Age 26. Moscow, Russia
With photography you can make a difference, make things change – for yourself and others.
It’s a unique project born out of the passionate belief that young people need to be given a voice and opportunities to change their lives.
Age 14. Soweto, South Africa
The white policeman had a grin on his face, so I said “Hi Sir, I’m a learner photographer – can I take a picture of you?” He gave me a huge smile and said “JAAAAA!!” That was a cool one – I just thought to myself, “That whole race thing – that’s history!”
All Stars Boxing Gym London
Cumbria County Council
Commonwealth Broadcasting Association
Crew Club Whitehawk
Crescer e Viver Circus Rio de Janeiro
Fazendo Artes, Turano Favela
From The Streets To The Set
Hull City FC
LA Galaxy FC
Leicester City FC
London Print Studio
Los Feliz Films
Manchester City FC
Newcastle United FC
Old Mutual Limited
RFU (Rugby Football Union)
SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation)
São Paulo FC
Street Child United
Sussex County Cricket Club
TG Boxing Gym LA
The Abaunza Group
The Big Issue
The Brixton Yardies
The British Consulate São Paulo
The British Council
The British Embassy Rio
The British Film Institute
The FA (Football Association)
The Getty Museum
The Gulbenkian Foundation
The Kia Oval & Surrey County Cricket Club
The LA Times
The Maiden Factor
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund
The Oxo Gallery
The PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association)
The Premier League
The Qatar Foundation
The RFU (Rugby Football Union)
The Tutu Foundation UK
The United Nations
The World Bank
Tottenham Hotspur FC
UEFA (Union of European Football Associations)
University of Brighton
University of Johannesburg
University of the Witswatersrand