Julian Rodriguez is Head of the Department of Film & Photography at Kingston University, London. He trained as a Design Historian and studied photography at the London College of Printing where he later went on to become LCP'S Director of Photography. He has been Dean of Media at University of the Arts London where he led LCC's School of Media through a period of growth and innovation including: new funded Research Centres in 'Photography & the Archive' and 'Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice'; the creation of the 'Lap Top Orchestra'; achieving 'Screen Academy' status (a UK centre of film excellence) and, winning the UK’s largest Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the Press Association on 'The Future of News'.
In 2007, Julian was instrumental in bringing the Stanley Kubrick Archive (one thousand boxes of production materials) to University of the Arts with the generous support of Warner Bros (Los Angeles) and the Kubrick family and commenced a connected research project on the Vietnam War bringing together the archives of photojournalist Phillip Jones-Griffiths, the Cold War journalism of Phillip Knightley and the production materials for Kubrick's Vietnam war film 'Full Metal Jacket'.
In 2011, Julian joined Falmouth University as Head of Media overseeing the launch of the picture agency 'Cartel Photos' (in partnership with Panos Pictures and Rex Features), establishing 'The Julia Cooper Prize for Marine & Natural History Photography' and creating 'Falmouth Press'.
Currently Julian is a Company Director and Trustee at Impressions Gallery Bradford, a nominator for Prix Pictet global photography prize, an External Examiner in Photography, Photojournalism and Film (BA, MA & MFA). Julian is proud to sit on the Advisory Board of the Rory Peck Trust - the only organisation dedicated to the support, welfare and safety of freelance newsgatheres around the world.
Julian is co-director of the Visible Institute at Kingston School of Art.