Roddy MacInnes

Roddy MacInnes



  • Faculty

What I do

Associate Professor, (Photography) School of Art and Art History, University of Denver.


Photography, Autobiographical Photography, Aging, History of Photography, Visual Anthropology, Construction of Identity, Photography and Incarceration.

Professional Biography

Roddy MacInnes has been teaching photography at the University of Denver since 2001. He considers himself to be an autobiographical photographer, and in that capacity, has been documenting his life through photography for over five decades. He received an MFA in photography from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BA in photography from Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh. His latest community engaged photography projects were inspired by an album of photographs he discovered in an antiques mall in Denver, Colorado. A North Dakota woman made the photographs in 1917. Through these projects Roddy explores issues surrounding the relationships between family photography and the construction of identity.


  • MFA, Photography and Electronic Media., University of Colorado, 1998
  • BA, Photographic Studies, Napier University, 1991

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Assessment Associate Program

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Photographic Education


How family photography functions in the construction of identity. Currently working on a long-term project using family photographs as catalysts for revealing life stories.

Areas of Research

Family Photography
Vernacular Photography
Family History
Reverse Migration
Ethnographic Photography
Visual Anthropology
Autobiographical Photography
Photography and Aging.

Key Projects

  • AHSS-'15-16 CAMF-MacInnes


MacInnes, R. (2019). Personal Histories of Photography. Parker Arts, Culture and Events (PACE), Parker, Colorado.
MacInnes, R. (2017). 50 Year Journey With Photography. Atlantic Isle Centre, Isle of Luing, Scotland.
MacInnes, R. (2019). Letters to Photographs. University of Denver, Homestead Elementary School, Legend High School, Belmar Senior Life, Kavod Senior Life. Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center (PACE), Parker, Colorado.
MacInnes, R. (2016). Two-Way Mirror, Portraits and Self-Portraits. Fine and Performing Arts. Regis University, Denver, Colorado, USA.
MacInnes, R. (2016). Globalocation. Artnauts. Red Line Gallery, Denver, Colorado.


MacInnes, R. (2018). "Family Album" book event. Vertigo Galery. Denver, Colorado: Vertigo Gallery.
MacInnes, R. (2014). "Igloo/Pistol Bay, Mining Personal History". Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: PDAC.
MacInnes, R. (2018). Book Event: Family Album. Tattered Cover Book Store. Denver, Colorado: Tattered Cover Book Store.
MacInnes, R. (2018). Book Event: Family Album. Opera House, Ellendale, North Dakota. Ellendale, North Dakota: North Dakota Humanities Council.
MacInnes, R. (2019). Photography and Compassionate Responsiveness. Month of Photography. Denver, Colorado: The Art Gallery at the Fulginiti Pavillion, Anschutz Medical Campus.


  • Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Denver