Born and raised in Brighton, England, Thaddeus Pope is a documentary photographer with a passion for creating socially committed, long-term photographic essays about people and the physical and emotional spaces that people inhabit. Thaddeus sees the camera as a tool for self-expression that allows him to explore these spaces and helps him describe the world as he sees it.
Thaddeus is currently based in Tottori, Japan, where he is the Director of Visual Communications for The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), including working on the online magazine, THINK. His current professional photographic practice includes commercial assignments and the development of several documentaries exploring Japanese culture, with particular focus on the role of ritual and tradition in contemporary Japanese life.
In January 2015, Thaddeus became the Creative Director of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award – an international photography award that seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists. The award has benefitted since the outset from the expertise of an outstanding panel of internationally renowned photographers, including Dr Paul Lowe as the Founding Judge, and Ed Kashi, Simon Roberts, Simon Norfolk, Emma Bowkett, Monica Allende, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Maria Teresa Salvati and Ziyah Gafic as Guest Judges. Now in its fourth year, the award has already been widely recognised by those in the industry and has been supported by World Press Photo, British Journal of Photography, Metro Imaging, MediaStorm, Think Tank Photo, University of the Arts London, RMIT University, The Centre for Documentary Practice, and the Medill School of Journalism.
Thaddeus is an alumnus of the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, from which he graduated in 2007 with a BA (Hons) in Photography.
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