Roddy MacInnes

Roddy MacInnes

Associate Professor, Division of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences

Roddy MacInnes has been teaching photography at the University of Denver since 2001. After leaving Scotland at age 15, he has worked as a merchant seaman, a fur trader, a bush pilot and a minerals prospector. He considers himself to be an autobiographical photographer, and in this capacity he has been documenting his life through photography for more than fifty-years. He received a Master of Fine Arts in photography from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Bachelor of Arts in photography from Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland. His latest photography project, “Jim River” was inspired by two albums of photographs he discovered in an antiques mall in Denver, Colorado. A North Dakota woman made the photographs in 1917. Through this project Roddy is exploring issues surrounding the relationships between photography and the construction of identity.

Health & Aging | Friday, September 16, 2016

My photographic adventure began in 1965. I was raised in the country. Most of my relatives lived in the city. When they’d come to visit, photographs were taken of things they’d want to remember. In my subconscious, the connection was established that photography celebrates life. My adventure was not always optimistic though. I experienced a mid-life period of depression. I utilized photography in an attempt to see myself. From that exercise, I grew to appreciate the therapeutic potential of art. I now believe that life itself can be an art project. In my classes at DU, this is what I attempt to teach.