BIOGRAPHY

I am a lecturer in digital innovation at King's College London where I work in the Digial Humanities Department. Outside of academia, I like to engage in a range of related creative activities, inclucing photography, music, and writing.

I grew up in the small village of Kilmacanogue on the east coast of Ireland where I struggled in school out of boredom and a tendency to daydream during class. However, despite this aversion to formal education, I somehow managed to get accepted into college and attain a degree in classical music performance (classical guitar) from Trinity College Dublin, after which I relocated to the city of Seattle in the U.S. It was there while working as a media assistant in the Image Acquisition Group at Microsoft that I was first inspired to make photographs.

I returned to Ireland in 1997 to complete an M.Sc. in Music Technology at the University of Limerick, after which I worked as a web programmer in Dublin. It was during this period that I completed my first serious photography job for which I was tasked with photographing the Viktor Ullmann opera The Emperor of Atlantis for Opera Ireland, not an easy task because the performance took place in the poorly lit surroundings of Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. 

 

Following a brief period teaching classical guitar at the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin, I was on the move once again, relocating to London in 2006 to complete a second master’s degree (MA in Interactive Media) at Goldsmiths College. After graduating from Goldsmiths, I decided to stay in London and took up a project management position at the Bridgeman Art Library, which further fuelled my interest in photography, in particular portraiture. In 2010, I received PhD funding to conduct research at Imperial College Business School where boredom was not an issue and daydreaming not an option. 

Shortly after successfully defending my PhD at Imperial College in July 2015, I was offered a position in the Digital Humanities Department at King's College London where I currently convene our MA in Digital Asset and Media Management programme. King's has been hugely supportive in encouraging my research and I am extremely grateful to the King's Culture Team and the Department of Digital Humanities for supporting my exhibition Portraits of Iran, which will conclude at Bush House on Friday April 26th at 7pm.

If you would like to learn more about some of my other work then please visit my official website at the following URL:

 

www.briankavanagh.com