PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 239: Plus Photographer Kieran Dodds

In episode 239 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on respecting copyright, those that support you, the passing of George Lois and Allan Porter and photography baseball cards.

Plus this week, photographer Kieran Dodds takes on the challenge of supplying Grant with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which he answer’s the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’

Kieran Dodds was born in 1980 and describes himself as a non-fiction photographer. After studying Zoology at university he trained at the Herald newspaper group in Glasgow, picking up national and international awards. His first self-assigned story The Bats of Kasanka received 1st prize in the World Press Photo awards and a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship then allowed him to document Tibetan culture in flux, as pastoral nomads were resettled in highland China, resulting in the body of work titled The Third Pole. On his return home Dodds focused on political upheaval using the landscape to consider depictions and realities of Scottish identity through the centuries to create Land of Scots. Most recently he has been exploring the major role of spiritual beliefs in the global conservation movement, funded by the Royal Photographic Society Environmental bursary. His first book Gingers was published in 2020 and his work has featured in the New York TimesGEOFinancial TimesLa RepubblicaDie ZeitWall Street Journal, New ScientistSunday Times Magazine and National Geographic. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Caz and twin daughters Ada and Isobel. He is represented by Panos Pictures, London. www.kierandodds.com

Dr. Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator: Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, a working photographer, documentary filmmaker, BBC Radio contributor and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Routledge 2014), The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Routledge 2015), New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography (Routledge 2019). His film Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay was first screened in 2018 www.donotbendfilm.com. He is the presenter of the A Photographic Life and In Search of Bill Jay podcasts.

© Grant Scott 2022

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