Podcasts: Six female photographers

03 May 2019

Thought-provoking and educational podcasts selected by RPS Trustee Jennie Ricketts

Colette Veasey-Cullors

In this interview with 10fps, Colette discusses her role as an educator, parent, and community activist. 

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Colette’s work explores the themes of race, class, identity, and socio-economic issues, and invites the viewers to investigate their personal connection to the underserved and underrepresented people. Colette has been teaching for over two decades, and has taught at Howard University, a historically black school, and MICA. Colette is currently serving as Associate Dean of Design and Media at MICA.


Margaret Mitchell

In this podcast by UNP founder and curator Grant Scott, Margaret Mitchell takes on the challenge of supplying Grant with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which she answer’s the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’

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Margaret Mitchell is based in Glasgow, Scotland, and studied photography at Edinburgh Napier University. She has been working as a photographer for over twenty years and her overarching interest lies in people and their stories, with childhood, youth, place and belonging often explored in the people and places photographed. Her work has been exhibited widely and she is the recipient of both national and international awards including The Royal Photographic Society’s IPE160 (Gold Award, 2017).


Léonie Hampton

In episode 92 of the 'A Small Voice' podcast series by Ben Smith, Leonie discusses starting photography at 7 years old, discovering the darkroom at boarding school and assisting Tom Stoddart amongst other things.

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Born in London in 1978, Léonie graduated in Art History from University College London and SOAS in 2000, she continued her studies in photography at the London College of Communication. Léonie is a part-time teacher for MA Documentary Photography at London College of Communication. She co-founded and runs 'Still/Moving', a not-for-profit organisation hosting film and photography workshops and seminars.


Rhiannon Adam

In episode 79 of the 'A Small Voice' podcast series by Ben Smith, Rhiannon discusses her unusual childhood at sea and why there are no pictures of that time, daily life on the small, remote, South Pacific island of Pitcairn and much more.
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Rhiannon Adam was born in County Cork, Ireland and went on to study at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and at the University of Cambridge, where she read English. In 2015, supported by the BBC and the Royal Geographical Society, Rhiannon travelled to the remote island community of Pitcairn in the South Pacific. With the duration of her trip dictated by the quarterly supply vessel, there would be no way off for three arduous months. Adam’s project is the first in-depth photographic project to take place on the island and is currently being exhibited at the Francesca Maffeo Gallery, in Leigh-on-Sea, here in the U.K. until June 9th this year.


Anush Babajanyan

In episode 78 of the 'A Small Voice' podcast series by Ben Smith, Anush discusses feeling lost and how to fix that, what she'd tell her 20 year old self and her handmade book, The House of Culture as well as a host of other things.

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Anush Babajanyan is an Armenian photographer and member of the VII Photo Agency. Her work is focussed on social narratives related to women, issues of minorities, and the aftermath of the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh, among other subjects. Anush's photography has been published in The New York TimesWashington PostNational GeographicForeign Policy Magazine, and various other international publications, and she also co-founded and was a member of women photographers’ collective 4Plus.


Nichole Sobecki

In episode 77 of the 'A Small Voice' podcast series by Ben Smith, Nichole discusses diversity within the industry, the Westgate Mall terrorist attack as well as working in Africa and resisting visual cliches and much more.

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Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Nichole is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker whose work has been exhibited internationally and she has completed assignments throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Geographic and many others. Nichole graduated from Tufts University before beginning her career in Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, focusing on regional issues related to identity, conflict, and human rights. From 2012-2015 Nichole led Agence France-Presse’s East Africa video bureau, and was a 2014 Rory Peck Awards News Finalist for her coverage of the Westgate mall attacks in Kenya.

Nichole aims to create photographs and films that demand consideration for the lives of those represented – their joys, challenges, and ultimately their humanity.


About Jennie Ricketts

Jennie is a picture editor, curator, consultant and mentor with over 28 years industry experience, formerly working as Picture Editor of The Observer Magazine. She launched the Jennie Ricketts Gallery in 2006 and is based in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Representing up to 18 international photographers, curated shows and collaborations in recent years have included: Karen Fuchs for the Arts University Bournemouth; Dr. Lee Karen Stow for Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, as part of their Women and War symposium, that went on to Liverpool Museum and the UN, New York; and Mike Goldwater for the National Media Museum, as part of the Adam Curle Peace Symposium for the University of Bradford. As well as a group show with Joby Hickey, Kim Haughton, Mary Furlong and Karl Burke at Solomon Fine Art in Dublin.

Jennie is also a current member of the Advisory Board for the PhotoIreland Festival.