A very exciting opportunity to hear this year's Bradford Photography Fellow, Donovan Wylie, talk about his career in photography.
Donovan Wylie was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1971. He left school at sixteen and embarked on a life-changing journey around Ireland. This and similar journeys resulted in the production of his first two books, 32 Counties (1989) and The Dispossessed (1990) which were published whilst he was still a teenager.
He has since continued to produce long term projects such as Losing Ground, (book -1998) an in-depth story of travellers in the UK. He had spent two years in their company in order to gain their trust and so be able to document their life style at such close proximity.
Since 2000, Wylie has completed various photographic and film projects exploring religious identity, history and the concept of territory in Northern Ireland, post-ceasefire, mostly notably his works on The Maze prison in Northern Ireland & British Watchtowers.
Over the fellowship period, and with the support of the Imperial War Museum, Donovan's aim is to branch out and expand a subject matter that has become very important to him, namely the Architecture of Conflict and has embarked on making a photographic survey of military sites and installations in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Bradford Fellowship is a partnership between the University of Bradford, Bradford College and the National Media Museum and is a prestigious award given to mid-career photographers with track records of high levels of achievement in their field. Fellows undertake up to two years research and development of a particular area of their practice with an exhibition at the National Media Museum at the end of their tenure. In addition Fellows work with students from the College and University in the form of lectures, workshops seminars or tutorials.