Japan-based Event Photographer, TADO Visuals
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Known to his Japanese friends as Tado (タド), Thaddeus Pope is a Japan-based event photographer who has photographed more than 70 international multi-day events and conferences in Osaka, Kobe and Nagoya (Japan); London and Brighton (UK); Barcelona (Spain); Hawaii and Rhode Island (USA); and Dubai (UAE).
Among the events he has photographed are special forums and symposia organised with the Government of Japan and IAFOR; global business summits with the Wall Street Journal and J. Walter Thompson; and international conferences with Merrill Lynch, Virginia Tech. and University College London (UCL). He is also a wedding photojournalist, live performance photographer and experienced website and print designer.
Thaddeus primarily works in the Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara) but is available for assignment anywhere in Japan (including Hokkaido and Okinawa) and can reach Tokyo in 1-hour by direct flight.
Thaddeus Pope has photographed more than 70 multi-day international conference events in the UK, USA, UAE, Japan and Spain, including events organised with the Government of Japan, the Wall Street Journal, J. Walter Thompson, Merrill Lynch and University College London (UCL).
Thaddeus’ approach and style of reportage wedding photography or wedding photojournalism is informed by 20+ years of documentary photography experience. He is passionate about capturing the essence and uniqueness of each wedding he photographs.
As a professional documentarian with 20+ years of photography experience, Thaddeus brings a unique “fly on the wall” approach and reportage aesthetic to his performance photography assignments. He particularly enjoys the challenge of photographing live music, dance performances and martial arts.
Website & Print Design
Since 2013, Thaddeus has been responsible for defining the visual identity (online and onsite) and website and print design for more than 100 international events in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East, including events organised with the Government of Japan, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Korea Foundation, Association for Asian Studies and Routledge.
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Working with some of the world’s best known organisations
Japan-based event photographer Thaddeus Pope (TADO Visuals) has photographed 70+ international multi-day conferences and special events, including events organised in collaboration with the following global institutions and organisations:
What Thaddeus’ clients say about his work
Thaddeus takes great pride in his work and strives to deliver the best possible results for his clients. The following are testimonials from people Thaddeus has worked with over the years.
Thaddeus Pope is a documentary photographer of both people and the natural world, but with a signature passion for human-centred visual storytelling. I find his work impressive in how it contextually humanises the social, cultural, religious and political experience and lives of people. He shows us the uniqueness of the human condition, with its complexity, diversity, beauty, suffering, as well as its endless peculiarities, surprises and possibilities. As you engage with Pope’s visual oeuvre, you appreciate the integrity, depth, sensitivity, respect, strength, savvy technical acumen and the lucid visual storytelling he creates through his lens. I find myself drawn into Pope’s world of vantage-making, frequently spellbound and moved. I commend his work to anyone interested in photography that is transformative, humane and profoundly educational.
Professor Baden OffordEmeritus Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights, Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University, Australia
Thaddeus Pope is a world-class photographer who has served as the official photographer for IAFOR, covering 70 events from 2013 onwards on three continents. He manages to capture moments of magic that really illustrate the interaction between the people and places that make our events so important. He produces fantastic documentary photography, that evidences his many years of training and dedication to the art, and his consummate professionalism. This is further demonstrated by his work as the Founding Creative Director of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award, which recognises and nurtures young practitioners every year.
Dr Joseph HaldaneChairman & CEO, IAFOR
Thaddeus Pope is a media, design and branding professional who I’ve had the distinct pleasure to work with since 2013. During this time, he has proven himself to be a diligent professional, completely reliable and a pleasure to work with. He is a wonderful colleague who takes pride in the quality of his work, never accepts second best, and delivers results that exceed client expectations.
Though his skillset is wide-ranging, Thaddeus is particularly impressive when working behind the lens of a camera, where his years of photography experience have enabled him to develop a unique “fly on the wall” documentary aesthetic and strong narrative storytelling ability.
Thaddeus brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each assignment he undertakes, and I highly recommend him and his services without hesitation to any prospective clients.
Professor Gary E. SwansonNBC News EMMY Award Winning Producer & Editor, USA (fmr.)
Endowed Chair and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence, University of Northern Colorado, USA (fmr.)
Chair of Media & Film, IAFOR Academic Governing Board, Japan
I have worked with Thaddeus Pope on a number of significant projects including a film where he was Director of Photography for “The Greatest Gift” that required optimising his skills in a challenging environment. And another project where he curated a photo exhibition. In every situation Thaddeus displayed superb technical skills and brilliant creative intuition.
These attributes combined with his ‘easy to work with’ disposition and a ‘can do’ attitude made my role as Executive Producer a pleasant one. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Lowell SheppardFounder, HOPE International Development Agency
President, Never Too Late Academy
Thaddeus Pope’s work has provided our organisation with a polished and professional outward face. His skill set is unquestionable and his artistry is equally impressive. He is able to capture the essence of the moment in his photography and weave images together into a truly compelling story. I trust him on all aspects of design, photography, and branding. His creativity, input and support will ensure the success of his clients!
Professor Donald HallVice-President, IAFOR
Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, University of Rochester, USA
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