217 episodes

"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life." Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Whatever your level of engagement with photography The Photographic Life Podcast explains the realities of working with and learning about the medium. Each week photographer, writer, lecturer, filmmaker, and BBC Radio contributor Dr. Grant Scott reflects on news, discussions, themes and issues surrounding the photographic community. He also asks a photographer to supply him with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which they answer the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’ This is a podcast for those who do not want kit reviews, photoshop techniques, marketing babble or camera talk. It is for those who want informed conversation about photography and life. Grant Scott is the founder/curator of www.unitednationsofphotography.com, a Senior Lecturer in Photography at Oxford Brookes University, UK, a working photographer, and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained, The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography and New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography. A book of the podcast contributions to What Does Photography Mean to You? is available now from www.bluecoatpress.co.uk price £9.99 plus p&p.

His documentary film, Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay has been screened across the UK, and in Canada and the US.

Podcast music: Written and performed by Laura Ritchie.

A Photographic Life The United Nations of Photography

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life." Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Whatever your level of engagement with photography The Photographic Life Podcast explains the realities of working with and learning about the medium. Each week photographer, writer, lecturer, filmmaker, and BBC Radio contributor Dr. Grant Scott reflects on news, discussions, themes and issues surrounding the photographic community. He also asks a photographer to supply him with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which they answer the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’ This is a podcast for those who do not want kit reviews, photoshop techniques, marketing babble or camera talk. It is for those who want informed conversation about photography and life. Grant Scott is the founder/curator of www.unitednationsofphotography.com, a Senior Lecturer in Photography at Oxford Brookes University, UK, a working photographer, and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained, The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography and New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography. A book of the podcast contributions to What Does Photography Mean to You? is available now from www.bluecoatpress.co.uk price £9.99 plus p&p.

His documentary film, Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay has been screened across the UK, and in Canada and the US.

Podcast music: Written and performed by Laura Ritchie.

    In Search of Bill Jay, Episode 3, 'Tony Ray Jones, Diane Arbus and Weegee in NYC'

    In Search of Bill Jay, Episode 3, 'Tony Ray Jones, Diane Arbus and Weegee in NYC'

    In episode 3 of this new podcast series Grant Scott continues his search for Bill Jay and hears from photographer Alen MacWeenie and Anna Ray Jones about Bill's relationship with Tony, Tony's beginnings as a photographer and the impact a trip to New York in 1968 had on the history of photography in the UK.

    Bill Jay was a photographer, writer on and advocate of photography, curator, magazine and picture editor, lecturer, public speaker and mentor. He was the first editor of “the immensely influential magazine Creative Camera and founder and editor of Album magazine. He is the author of more than 20 books on the history and criticism of photography, and roughly 400 essays, lectures and articles. His own photographs have been widely published, including a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is also known for his portrait photographs of photographers. www.donotbendfilm.com

    Dr. Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator: Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, a working photographer, documentary filmmaker, BBC Radio contributor and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Routledge 2014), The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Routledge 2015), New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography (Routledge 2019).

    © Grant Scott 2022

    • 20 min
    A Photographic Life - 210: Plus Edmund Clark

    A Photographic Life - 210: Plus Edmund Clark

    In episode 210 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on the documentation of the everyday, the latest NFT news, not needing rules and listening to young photographers.

    Plus this week photographer Edmund Clark takes on the challenge of supplying Grant with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which he answer’s the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’

    Edmund Clark worked as a researcher in London and Brussels before gaining a postgraduate diploma in photojournalism at the London College of Communication. Clark's research-based work combines a range of references and forms including bookmaking, installations, photography, video, documents, text and found images and material; whatever is conceptually and formally relevant to investigating the subject and communicating with an audience. Recurring themes include developing strategies for reconfiguring how subjects are seen and engaging with state censorship to explore unseen experiences, spaces and processes of control and incarceration in the ‘Global War on Terror’ and elsewhere. Clark's work has been published in seven books My Shadow's Reflection (2018), In Place of Hate (2017), Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition(2017), Control Order House (2016), The Mountains of Majeed (2014), Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out (2010), and Still Life Killing Time (2007). His work has been exhibited widely including at the International Center of Photography Museum, New York, and the Imperial War Museum, London. His work has been acquired for national and international collections including the ICP Museum and the George Eastman House Museum in America and the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Media Museum in Great Britain. Awards include the Royal Photographic Society Hood Medal for outstanding photography for public service, the British Journal of Photography International Photography Award and, together with Crofton Black, an ICP Infinity Award and the inaugural Rencontres d’Arles Photo-Text Book Award. For four years he was the artist-in-residence in Europe's only wholly therapeutic prison, HMP Grendon. He is is represented by the Flowers Gallery, London and New York, the East Wing Gallery, Dubai and the Parotta Contemporary, Stuttgart and Berlin. Today Clark teaches postgraduate students at the London College of Communication, London. www.edmundclark.com

    Dr. Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator: Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, a working photographer, documentary filmmaker, BBC Radio contributor and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Routledge 2014), The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Routledge 2015), New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography (Routledge 2019).

    © Grant Scott 2022

    • 20 min
    A Photographic Life - 209: Plus Rashod Taylor

    A Photographic Life - 209: Plus Rashod Taylor

    In episode 209 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on the digital forum, the mindful photographer and photographic degree shows.

    Plus this week photographer Rashod Taylor takes on the challenge of supplying Grant with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which he answer’s the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’

    Rashod Taylor is a fine art and portrait photographer whose work addresses themes of family, culture, legacy, and the black experience. He attended Murray State University and received a Bachelor's degree in Art with a specialization in Fine Art Photography. Since then, Rashod has exhibited and published his work across the United States and internationally. Most recently his series Little Black Boy was acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Rashod is the 2021 recipient of the Arnold Newman Prize For New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, a 2020 Critical Mass Top 50 Finalist, winner of Lens Culture’s Critics Choice award and a 2021 Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards winner. His clients include National Geographic, The Atlantic, Essence Magazine, ProPublica and Buzzfeed News. He is continuing to work on his Little Black Boy series, where he documents his son’s life while examining the Black American experience and fatherhood. He lives in Bloomington, Illinois, with his wife and son. www.rashodtaylor.com

    Dr. Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator: Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, a working photographer, documentary filmmaker, BBC Radio contributor and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Routledge 2014), The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Routledge 2015), New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography (Routledge 2019).

    © Grant Scott 2022

    • 20 min
    A Photographic Life - 208: Plus David Butow

    A Photographic Life - 208: Plus David Butow

    In episode 208 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on the role of the viewer in photography, sadness within documentary photography and why art directors can be an important factor to photographic success.

    Plus this week photographer David Butow takes on the challenge of supplying Grant with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which he answer’s the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’

    David Butow is a freelance photojournalist whose projects and assignments have taken him to over two dozen countries including Afghanistan, Burma, Iraq, Peru, Yemen, Zimbabwe and Ukraine. Born in New York and raised in Dallas, he has a degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. After college he moved to Los Angeles and worked in newspapers before beginning a freelance career for magazines in the 1990's. From the mid-90's through the late-2000's he worked as a contract photographer for US News and World Report magazine covering social issues and news events such as post- 9/11 in New York, the Palestinian/Israeli Intifada, the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the death of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. More recently, his photographs of events such as the China earthquake in 2008, the funeral of Nelson Mandela, Hong Kong protests of 2019, January 6th and various projects in the U.S. have won awards including from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and White House News Photographers Association. From 2017-2021, he was based in Washington, D.C., doing primarily political assignments at the White House and US Capitol for TIME, CNN, Politico, NBC, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone and other clients. After four years in Washington, D.C., he relocated to Los Angeles. He is currently in Western Ukraine and Poland. www.davidbutow.com

    Dr. Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator: Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, a working photographer, documentary filmmaker, BBC Radio contributor and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Routledge 2014), The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Routledge 2015), New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography (Routledge 2019).

    © Grant Scott 2022

    • 20 min
    A Photographic Life - 207: Plus Ian Brown

    A Photographic Life - 207: Plus Ian Brown

    In episode 207 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on keeping it simple, ignorant criticism, lack of empathy, and not placing your agendas on others.

    Plus this week photographer Ian Brown takes on the challenge of supplying Grant with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which he answer’s the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’

    Ian Brown is an award winning photographer whose work focuses on the human condition. Brown grew up dividing his time between the urban landscape and time in the highlands of Northern Ontario. He survived cancer at the age of 19, a heart attack at age 32 and being shot at in the middle of a civil war in Colombia while on assignment for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) documenting conditions in the remote Darrien jungle region a body of work that later went on to become the international exhibition Lost between River and Sky. His work includes projects documenting HIV survivors in Malawi, Africa; a continuing documentary series on the Opioid epidemic and a long term study on the urban anthropology of Detroit. This project, Prairie and Pavement was one of the featured exhibitions at the 2014 Scotiabank Photography Festival in Toronto. For his major portrait body of work American Dreams Brown traveled over 80,000 miles and to all fifty states over the course of twelve years photographing people and asking them to write down in their own handwriting their ideas on America and the concept of the 'American Dream'. This work was published in September 2020. Brown's work has been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post and various international publications and he divides his time between Toronto and a cabin outside the Algonquin Park in Canada. www.ianbrownphotography.com

    Dr. Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator: Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, a working photographer, documentary filmmaker, BBC Radio contributor and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Routledge 2014), The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Routledge 2015), New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography (Routledge 2019).

    © Grant Scott 2022

    • 20 min
    A Photographic Life - 206: Plus Tricia Porter

    A Photographic Life - 206: Plus Tricia Porter

    In episode 206 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on the truth within images of conflict, whether smartphones have become too smart and he suggests a Photo Life Hack to save you money.

    Plus this week photographer Tricia Porter takes on the challenge of supplying Grant with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which she answer’s the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’

    Born in 1946 Tricia Porter's interest in photography began as a teenager, when she wanted to bring back a visual record of her first trip outside Britain, to Moscow in an old bus loaded with college students and camping gear. She met the photographer, Sylvester Jacobs who encouraged her to buy a camera and she began attending lectures and seminars at The Photographers Gallery, London, and the ICA Photo Study Centre learning from photographers work, such as Tony Ray Jones, Bill Jay, Steiglitz, Ansel Adams, Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Kertesz, Bill Brandt and many more. Her first photography exhibition was in Liverpool in 1972, the outcome of documenting her surroundings while living in Liverpool's inner city. In 1974, she moved to Liverpool 8, an area of the city that was notorious for its poverty, planning blight and vandalism. The resulting Bedford Street exhibition was shown at the Liverpool Academy of Arts, and later the Half Moon Gallery in London. It gained Arts Council support, and Porter went on to create a follow-up exhibition, Some Liverpool Kids, which was also shown at the Academy in 1976. She left Liverpool in 1976 to live in rural Hampshire and has remained living there until today. Throughout her career Porter has running community based photography workshops, and continued to exhibit her work with the most recent ‘Liverpool Photographs 1972-74' being staged at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool in 2015. Cafe Royal Books have published five books of Porter's work, Portraits of People in a Dying Community Liverpool 1972, Some Kids in Liverpool 8 1974, Industry Year 1986, Liverpool Docks 1975, and Selborne 1980-82 www.porterfolio.com

    Dr. Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator: Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, a working photographer, documentary filmmaker, BBC Radio contributor and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Routledge 2014), The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Routledge 2015), New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography (Routledge 2019).

    © Grant Scott 2022

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

insightfulmind ,

A great resource and inspiration!

This podcast is a great tool for all types or level of photographer you are and wherever you are around the globe.
I’m amazed with its content and the amount of episodes this podcast has- dating years and years ago up to the present!
Iv’e seen a lot of podcast closed down as the iPods dwindled in sales. Im so glad podcasts creators can still continue the legacy and adapt to keep on providing such great content with the iPhones, the Mac’s, iPad’s and the iPod’s (yep, they are still here as iPod touch with A10 fusion chips) for as the technology exists to us all.

Top Podcasts In Arts

Roman Mars
The Moth
NPR
Sam Breton
Dominic Tardif
Mona DeGrenoble & Rainbow

You Might Also Like

Ibarionex R. Perello
Neale James
Ben Smith
Analog Talk
Goalhanger Podcasts
ADAM BUXTON