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Nicola Muirhead [b. 1986] is a Bermudian documentary photographer, photojournalist and visual storyteller, with a BA in International Studies and a Minor in Conflict Resolution from Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina. Her projects and imagery focus on rural and urban communities and their personal/cultural identities, and how these identities are impacted and shaped by political, environmental and economic factors. These are research led, self-initiated assignments, that take a sociological approach to communities and individuals. Nicola started her career in photojournalism in 2013, as a freelance photojournalist for The Bermuda Sun, and in May 2014 went onto work for the The Royal Gazette as their Senior Photographer until June 2015. Nicola finished her Masters in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the University of Arts London in January 2017 and is now based in West London where she continues to work on her long-term projects. Nicola is currently freelancing as a photographer for editorial, portrait and reportage assignments, and is a visiting lecturer at the London College of Communication.Locked Pro Plan feature
Have freelanced as a visiting lecturer for the London College of Communication for their BA Documentary Photography and Photojournalist students.
Assisted Photo VII photographer Jocelyn Bain-Hogg during his artist in residency at the Port Eliot Festival in July 2016.
Worked as a full-time photographer for the Royal Gazette, both for their print and online newspaper, as well as their RG Magazine, covering Breaking News, Lifestyle, Sports, Entertainment, Business and Fashion in Bermuda. In addition to photography I provided short videos to accompany most articles, and other self-initiated multimedia stories.
Created a social, interactive, community art installation through photography, touching on social, environmental and racial tensions within the community of Bermuda. WE ARE NOW was a 2 year collaborative project capturing approximately 600 people inside a mobile photo-booth. The culmination of the work was realised in a multimedia installation and exhibited in a refurbished shipping container. The WE ARE NOW Mobile Gallery was dropped at various locations across the island of Bermuda so that all participants were able to have access to the final piece. To see more please visit: www.wearenowbda.com
Worked as a part-time photographer and photojournalist for the Bermuda Sun for their Lifestyle, News, Business, Sports and Fashion reporters. Frequently brought in self-researched and self-directed photo essays and articles that were published in their online/print newspaper, and other international publications such as National Geographic Adventure and Canoe & Kayak.
MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography encourages a wide range of practice from editorial photojournalism to fine art conceptual documentary, but maintains a clear focus on the production of extended and long-term bodies of work, which report on, document and respond to the contemporary world around us. The course has a core focus on involved and socially concerned photography, including the documentation of human rights, environmental and other humanitarian issues. We encourage students to challenge and critically examine accepted forms of visual documentation and to seek new ways of documenting the world, new ways of telling stories and to explore routes for addressing new audiences. Whilst MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography is a practice-based course, the integration of theory and research methodologies is deeply embedded in the course. This provides a clear pathway onto further study at PhD level where appropriate.
The Global Studies major leading to a Bachelor of Arts provides an interdisciplinary program of study and experiential learning for students wanting both in-depth knowledge of a world region and fuller understanding of the processes connecting that region to the rest of the world. Each concentration provides opportunities for in-depth investigations of human experiences and interactions with social and natural environments. Introductory courses provide an overview of world geography, specific introductions to world regions, and the perspectives of different disciplines. Upper level courses combine some comparative breadth across different regions and disciplines and depth gained from a focus on one region. The major also requires language study, experiential education away from the campus, and a senior level “capstone” seminar The mission of the Global Studies Program is to prepare students to be responsible citizens of the world by challenging them to understand contemporary global issues, address the historical and geographical contexts of global inequalities, and engage research agendas from an interdisciplinary perspective that integrates the humanities, the social sciences, and environmental studies.
Selected winner for Life Framer's monthly themed photography competition titled "Urban Life" in which image from ongoing body of work titled "In Brutal Presence" was chosen. www.nicolamuirhead.com/inbrutalpresence
The Bermudian Magazine and it's selected judges nominated myself and my collaborator, Stratton Hatfield, for the Best of Bermuda Awards'. To learn more about the project and our social interactive public art piece, check out the link below: www.wearenowbda.com http://www.wearenowbda.com