Martha Dodge is an independent visual journalist, still photographer and writer. Her wide range of stories has spanned elder neglect, refugee resettlement, premature births and Native American human rights.
Witnessing social injustice first-hand Martha is passionate about amplifying the voices of those who are often overlooked or disregarded. With compassion, respect and humility, she employs a simplified solo-documentary approach that creates greater intimacy with her subjects and deeper access into any issue. This method is especially useful when working internationally or in remote and sensitive situations.
Martha’s films have been screened by key policymakers in Washington and her media has been used on websites, in grant proposals, for advocacy campaigns and educational purposes. Sharing what she has learned, Martha also teaches participatory video and photography, giving others the tools to tell their own stories.
Prior to entering the field of documentary filmmaking, Martha worked on international human rights and environmental campaigns for non-profit organizations both in the United States and abroad.
She has a master’s degree in photography and video from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas, Austin and was awarded membership into the Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society for Journalism and Mass Communication and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She also holds a B.S. from Cornell University in development sociology with a concentration on environment and society and a minor in Native American studies.
When not in the field documenting, Martha is busy working on her blog, The Video Effect, investigating how non-profits can better leverage videos or visual media for social change.
Photos Courtesy of Bill Gentile.