Gingers is a photography book where Scottish photographer Kieran Dodds, with a series of beautiful portraits of gingers around the world, from America through Europe, on to the Middle East and Asia, explores and celebrates the flow of DNA across cultures and generations.
Kieran Dodds work was featured in Counted | Scotland's Census 2022 on display at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
In the run-up to the 2014 independence referendum, artist Kieran Dodds began photographing people with the rarest form of hair colour – ginger. Kieran, himself ‘a ginger’, was interested in this cliché of Scottish national identity and wanted to show that even within this small group there is a huge diversity of appearance. Initially focusing on his homeland of Scotland where 13 percent of the population have ginger hair, he has since expanded the project to other hotspots of red hair around the world.
Kieran Dodds is a non-fiction photographer known internationally for his research-driven photo stories and portraiture. His personal work looks at the interplay of environment and culture, and the importance of spiritual belief in global conservation.
The book was one of Smithsonian Magazine’s Photography books of 2020 and one of Waterstone’s favourite Scottish books of the year.