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The Fireweed Turns was shortlisted for Photo Wien 2019 book award and will be included in the Book Lover’s Shelf in Camera Austria International 146, the Summer Issue.
Katharine was asked by Grant Scott to answer the question “What Does Photography Mean to Me” for his Podcast: A Photographic Life.
Katharine MacDaid was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and grew up in the Sultanate of Oman, America, Northern Ireland and London.
Since graduating with an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, Katharine has spent time teaching photography in Muscat and London and is currently an Associate Lecturer at Northampton University. She is also part of the Bjørka Foundation, a collective of analogue based artists in Oslo, Norway.
Following her MA, Katharine moved back to Oman for several years to make the work, which became Of Calling Shapes and Beckoning Shadows, a confrontation with childhood ghosts. She talks about this project and her relationship to landscape photography in an interview with Miniclick.
After returning to the UK Katharine spent time working in Alaska, eventually self-publishing her first book, The Fireweed Turns. Made to resemble a storybook, it is a narrative about the psychological power of landscape. The Fireweed Turns was launched at the Photographer’s Gallery in London, in 2019. Katharine discusses this project in an interview with Miniclick and On Landscape
In 2019 Katharine began a new body of work in the north of Ireland. Following on from the work Kate and Denis, she will continue to consider questions around her Irish identity. The work will focus particularly on the region of Inishowen, where they say she might find her færies, and contemplate the impulse to seek one’s roots.
Katharine’s series Kate and Denis was part of the Palm Spring Photo Festival in 2008 and was presented as a projection accompanied by a soundtrack of her father Denis singing On Blueberry Hill, taken from a record recorded in 1970.
In the summer of 2007, Katharine’s baby nephew was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma. It was while spending long periods at Great Ormond Street Hospital that she made the work The Days of Noah. It was only after his full remission was announced in 2015 that she began to look closely at the images.
Her work has been exhibited in a number of photography awards and festivals including; Braga Photo Festival, Arles Photo, Ghent Photo Festival, Kolga Tbilisi Photo, Carlisle Photo, Magenta Foundation and the Ian Parry Scholarship. It was while showing work in the exhibition 'The Place Where I Belong' (curated by Marc Prust) at the Rome Photo Festival held at the Macro Testaccio that she met her partner the photographer Chris Harrison.