Artist Bio: Savannah Dodd

Savannah Dodd, b. 1991, is a photographer and anthropologist. She is a St. Louis native and a current resident of Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 2017 Savannah founded the Photography Ethics Centre.

Savannah is pursuing her PhD in anthropology at Queen's University Belfast. She received her M.A. in anthropology and sociology from the Graduate Institute of International Development Studies in Geneva (2015) and her B.A. in anthropology and religious studies at Washington University in St. Louis (2012). Her work in anthropology explores the nexus between religion, politics, identity, and conflict. 

Savannah has had a life-long interest in the arts. Her grandmother, portrait artist Sallie Day Mogerman, ensured that art played a key role in her childhood, from pastels to the potter's wheel.  With her unwavering encouragement, Savannah won her first photography contest at age eleven.

Her photography is heavily influenced by her academic background. Ethics is integral to the way that she works. She places great importance on process, modes of access, and engagement with the people and places she photographs. Her images centre on people, material culture, and the minutiae of everyday life. She often combines the disciplines of anthropology and photography to produce visual ethnography.

Group Exhibitions

2016      The Bangor Poetry Competition Exhibition - The Blackberry Path Studios - Bangor, Northern Ireland

2016      Streetscapes - 1650 Gallery - Los Angeles, USA

2016      Humankind - Foundry Arts Centre - St. Charles, USA (Juror: Eric Wieringa, Professor of Art, St. Louis, USA)

2015      Context - Foundry Arts Centre - St. Charles, USA (in collaboration with Chris Jenkins) (Juror: Buzz Spector, Professor of Art, St. Louis, USA)

2015      14th annual Collectors Choice event - St. Louis Artists' Guild - St. Louis, USA (invitational)

2015      #culture: Talking about Ethnography - Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies - Geneva, Switzerland

2014      Photography V - Foundry Arts Centre - St. Charles, USA (Juror: Tony Schanuel, artist, St. Louis, USA)

2014      Instagram Photography Exhibition - 1650 Gallery - Los Angeles, USA

2013      Photo Op - St. Louis Artists’ Guild - St. Louis, USA (Juror: Daniel Farnum, Professor of Photography, St. Louis, USA)

Solo Exhibitions

2016      Election Day - The John Hewitt - Belfast, Northern Ireland

2016      Sacred Spaces - Focus Gallery - Chiang Mai, Thailand (in association with F/28 The Chiang Mai Month of Photography)

2011      La vie parisienne - Café Ventana - St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Awards

2017    Chosen for The Print Swap by Feature Shoot

2016      Long-listed for the Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award

2013      Honorable Mention, "After the Rain" St. Louis Artists’ Guild, St. Louis, MO, USA

2012      First Place, “Le vendeur de petits bateaux,” Alliance Français of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA

2011      First Place in the Artistic Category, "La grande roue," Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA

2011      Third Place, "Parisians / Protesters," Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA

Published In

2017      "Dandelions" in Freckle, Issue 5

2016      "Four Photographs: Belfast" in The Tangerine, Issue 1

Interviews

2016      103.2 Dublin City FM

2013      St. Louis Artists' Guild

Professional Experience

2016      Belfast Flea - Artist of the Month - Belfast, Northern Ireland

2016      International Peacebuilders' Forum - Photographer - Caux, Switzerland

2016      Glentoran Football Club - Event Photographer - Belfast, Northern Ireland 

2016      Belfast Film Festival - Event Photographer - Belfast, Northern Ireland

2016      Belfast Photo Festival - Volunteer - Belfast, Northern Ireland

2016      Yangon Photo Festival - Volunteer - Yangon, Myanmar

2016      F/28 Chiang Mai Month of Photography - Volunteer and Exhibiting Artist - Chiang Mai, Thailand

2015      Baan Dek Foundation - Photographer - Chiang Mai, Thailand

2014      Gaza War Protest - Event Photographer - Geneva, Switzerland

2013      Art'Zé'Bouilles - Event Photographer - Ceyzérieu, France

2013      Hope and Andrews Annual Conference - Event Photographer - St. Louis, USA

2012      STLAURS Symposium - Event Photographer - St. Louis, USA

2011      Riverfront Times - Photography Intern - St. Louis, USA

Curated Collections

2016      Ethnographic Film Series, Documentary Arts Asia, Chiang Mai, Thailand