Discover Human Atlas
Who are we?
Human Atlas was founded in 2016 by Agnese Morganti and James Burt. Agnese Morganti is a professional photographer whose work has been displayed at the the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, global news outlets, and major photographic awards. James Burt advises and works with governments and civil society on matters pertaining to human rights in North Korea. He is a Special Advisor to the United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea.
Why did we found Human Atlas?
Coming from backgrounds that had situated us in the hearts of hidden communities, nothing seemed more compelling or reflective than the human stories we would hear. But these stories, many of which painted compelling narratives of hope, struggled to reach larger audiences. Seeing silenced communities all around us, we committed to form Human Atlas and utilize our capacities to enable hidden communities to tell their stories to the world and make their mark on the atlas.
What do we do?
We first engage and seek to support disadvantaged communities through photojournalism, multimedia, and art. Then we help these communities tell their stories to wider audiences in events, exhibitions, and conferences. Finally, we conduct longer-term inter-community work through participatory photography and workshops.
Who do we work with?
We work with individuals and communities who face social difficulties arising from issues such as ethnicity, belief, sexual orientation, educational attainment, and financial hardship.
Where do we work?
Human Atlas is a registered charity and works in Italy, the United Kingdom, and South Korea with individuals, communities, and like-minded organisations.
Why do we follow this path?
We believe that storytelling is inherently relational and can bridge gaps between societies. Documenting stories allows communities to make sense of their places in the world and build feelings of understanding, empathy, and humanity that other forms of cross-cultural communications struggle to achieve.