Celebrated photographer set for Dundee


AN award-winning photographer will visit the University of Dundee next week to discuss his work.

Internationally-renowned snapper Varun Baker will speak about his innovative visual media projects at the event, which takes place on Tuesday 7 May at the University’s Scrymgeour Building from 2-3.15pm.

In the illustrated presentation, Varun will reveal contrasting views of Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city, by showcasing a range of human experiences.

One photo essay, ‘Journey,’ follows the life of a man who makes a living on Kingston’s streets despite having had both his arms and legs amputated.

(C) Varun Baker, right

Other portraits showcase the deep rooted connections between popular music and the city streets as people of all ages come together to enjoy dancehall culture.

Born in Brazil to an Indian mother and Jamaican father, Varun has lived in the USA, Italy, Bermuda and Canada as well as Jamaica, where he is currently based.

A popular exhibition of his work took place at the University earlier this year, as part of Dundee’s research into connections between Scotland and the Caribbean.

He said: “Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by humans’ fleeting permanence.

“The Jamaican society, in which I have spent most of my life, is vibrant and full of rich contrasts. I explore this with a strong use of colour by manipulating heavy or light tones.”

Next week’s event, which is free to all guests, is organised by Dr Susan Mains, a Lecturer in Geography at the University.

She said: “Having Varun come to talk with us about his photographic journeys, how he approaches his work, and the impact this has had in relation to how we view cities, Jamaica, and the wider Caribbean is a wonderful opportunity.

“His photographs bear witness to people, events and places that often go undocumented and highlight the diversity of Kingston’s urban spaces. This talk will appeal to a wide audience and we encourage all who are interested to join us for this engaging presentation.”

Varun Baker’s talk will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.