Lynda Laird is a photographer from the Orkney Islands. She studied photography in Edinburgh and worked as a press and editorial photographer in Scotland before moving to London to work as an underwater photographer and assistant.
She has always worked on her own long term, quite heavily researched documentary projects and went to study an MA in Documentary photography and photojournalism at the London College of Communcaition in 2016 where she gained a A+distinction. She went on to win several awards and was nominated for the Magnum graduate award in 2017.
She has exhibited work in photo festivals and exhibitions both in the UK and Worldwide and continues to pursue long term projects exploring landscape and connection to place as well as her commercial work.
Breast Cancer Care, Huck, Vice, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, Just treatment, Stop Aids, Hostage UK, Air BnB
Lynda's long term projects can be viewed here - www.lyndalaird.com
MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism, London College of Communication (Distinction)
BA Photography Farnham, 2018
MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism, London College of Communication, 2018
MA Photography, Falmouth, 2017
Awards & Grants
Planche (s) contact Festival, Deauville, selected artist residency, 2017
Nominated for the Magnum graduate photographers award, 2017
Dying matters - Celebrating life in the face of death - Winner, 2017
Planche (s) Contact, le Prix de la foundation Louis Roederer - Winner, 2016
Planche (s) contact Festival, Deauville, selected graduate artist residency, 2016
PX3, Prix de la Photographie, Paris, Highly commended, 2015
Close up Women in photography/Metro imagining, mentorship, 2015
Exground film festival, selected, 2015
Craft photographer of the year, Winner, 2015
Out of the Woods of Thought, Inside the Outside, Argentea Gallery, Birmingham, 2018
Elastic, Old Girls Club, Cork Photo Festival, Cork, Ireland, 2018
Planche (s) contact photography festival, Deauville, 2017
Dying matters - Celebrating life in the face of death, touring show, 2017
Planche (s) contact festival, Deauville, 2016
Landscape, Telegram gallery, London, 2016
In the forest of things, London College of Communication, 2016
Urban bee keeping, The Peckham Pelican, London, 201
Newsnight featured some images and Odette's diary entry from 'Dans le Noir' on the 74th anniversary of the D-Day landings - the 6th June.
A long term project I did which looks at the impact GM cotton seeds are having on the life of Indian cotton farmers was recently published in the Global development section of the Guardian.