110 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 and filmmaker 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 and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography. His book New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography was published in 2019.

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

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"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 and filmmaker 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 and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography. His book New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography was published in 2019.

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 - 109: Plus Michael Magers

    A Photographic Life - 109: Plus Michael Magers

    In episode 109 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on photography on the streets as a form of protest, how creativity is viewed on television, the state of the editorial industry, and why we no longer need to us the word 'mobile' when describing photographs.

    Plus this week photographer Michael Magers 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?’

    Michael Magers is a documentary photographer and journalist based in New York City working on long-term documentary projects.  He is a frequent collaborator with the online publication Roads & Kingdoms and was  lead photographer on their award-winning books, Rice Noodle Fish and Grape Olive Pig. Since 2013, he has photographed the Shokunin, or master-craftspeople, in Japan.  This work has taken him from the ateliers of top ceramic artists, sword-makers, and kimono weavers to the taboo underworld of Japanese traditional tattooing. Outside of Japan, Magers continues to explore the personality it takes to dedicate one's life to perfecting the smallest of details, with an abiding interest in the obsessive need to create. Magers images are exhibited both internationally and in the U.S. and have appeared in print publications including TIME, Smithsonian, Vogue Italia, Huck, and The Washington Post. His first monograph, Independent Mysteries, was published by Hatje Cantz and debuted at Paris Photo in 2019. Michael’s work documenting craftsmanship in Japan was named a 2016 Critical Mass Finalist and in 2019, he was shortlisted for the Hariban Award. https://mpmagers.com

    If you have enjoyed this podcast why not check out our A Photographic Life Podcast Plus. Created as a learning resource that places the power of learning into the hands of the learner. To suggest where you can go, what you can read, who you can discover and what you can question to further your own knowledge, experience and enjoyment of photography. It will be inspiring, informative and enjoyable! You can find out here: www.patreon.com/aphotographiclifepodcast

    You can also access and subscribe to these podcasts at SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/unofphoto on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/a-photographic-life/id1380344701 on Player FM https://player.fm/series/a-photographic-life and Podbean www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/i6uqx-6d9ad/A-Photographic-Life-Podcast

    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, and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Focal Press 2014) and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Focal Press 2015). His book New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2019.


    His documentary film, Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay can now be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd47549knOU&t=3915s.

    © Grant Scott 2020

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    A Photographic Life - 108: Plus Jason Bell

    A Photographic Life - 108: Plus Jason Bell

    In episode 108 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the photographic response to isolation, the importance of the client relationship and the reality of commissioned photography.

    Plus this week photographer Jason Bell 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?’

    Jason Bell was born in Camden, London, in 1969 and was given his first camera at the age of 5. He decided on a career as a portrait photographer whilst studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University, from which he graduated in 1990. His work has since appeared in publications including Vanity Fair and Vogue, featuring celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Scarlett Johansson, Johnny Depp, Nicole Kidman, Tilda Swinton, Eddie Redmayne, and Kate Winslet. Jason has shot numerous film, theatre and TV campaigns, including Netflix’s The Crown, Billy Elliot, About A Boy and Love Actually. Many of his photographs have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery for their permanent collection and his work has received critical acclaim including the Royal Photographic Society’s Terence Donovan Award for an outstanding contribution to photography, the New York Photo Awards’ Best Advertising Image and the Best British Black & White Photographer at the British Picture Editors’ Awards. His Out 100 Portfolio was one of five finalists in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ 2010 National Magazine Awards. He has published four books of his work, the most recent being An Englishman in New York. A selection of photographs from the book was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society. Jason lives in New York and London. www.jasonbellphoto.com

    If you have enjoyed this podcast why not check out our A Photographic Life Podcast Plus. Created as a learning resource that places the power of learning into the hands of the learner. To suggest where you can go, what you can read, who you can discover and what you can question to further your own knowledge, experience and enjoyment of photography. It will be inspiring, informative and enjoyable! You can find out here: www.patreon.com/aphotographiclifepodcast

    You can also access and subscribe to these podcasts at SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/unofphoto on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/a-photographic-life/id1380344701 on Player FM https://player.fm/series/a-photographic-life and Podbean www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/i6uqx-6d9ad/A-Photographic-Life-Podcast

    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, and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Focal Press 2014) and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Focal Press 2015). His book New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2019.


    His documentary film, Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay can now be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd47549knOU&t=3915s.

    © Grant Scott 2020

    • 20 min
    A Photographic Life - 107: Plus Colin McPherson

    A Photographic Life - 107: Plus Colin McPherson

    In episode 107 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering photography workshops, why photo festivals are not more fun and how the role of the gatekeeper could be different. All with the loose theme of money and funding!

    Colin McPherson is a Scottish documentary photographer based in the north west of England. He began his career in photojournalism, working on assignments and commissions for the Independent newspaper and other publications for over 20 years. In recent times, he has developed his work to include longer-term projects, film-making, writing and hosting/running creative professional development courses. He is a founder member of the Document Scotland collective, through which his work has been shown at exhibitions at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Impressions Gallery in Bradford, the Martin Parr Foundation and Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow. Colin is also a member of SixBySix, a group of Merseyside-based documentary photographers who came together in 2019 to facilitate exhibitions, events and discussions about documentary photography in their part of the world and beyond. McPherson’s current work includes ongoing projects looking at a unique community of wild swimmers and chronicling the rituals of people who faithfully support lower-league football in England. www.colinmcpherson.com and www.documentscotland.com.

    You can also access and subscribe to these podcasts at SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/unofphoto on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/a-photographic-life/id1380344701 on Player FM https://player.fm/series/a-photographic-lifeand Podbean www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/i6uqx-6d9ad/A-Photographic-Life-Podcast

    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, and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Focal Press 2014) and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Focal Press 2015). His book New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2019.


    The documentary film, Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay can now be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd47549knOU&t=3915s.

    © Grant Scott 2020

    • 20 min
    A Photographic Life - 106: Plus Cathal McNaughton

    A Photographic Life - 106: Plus Cathal McNaughton

    In episode 106 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering a move away from competing in the arts on television, what it takes to start an independent collective and the positive outcomes that could come from the current global lockdown.

    Plus this week photographer Cathal McNaughton 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?’

    Born during the height of ‘The Troubles,’ Cathal was inspired to become a photographer after meeting photojournalists from across the world who were working in Ireland during the the civil unrest. As the youngest child with two bossy older sisters, he describes himself as a tolerant person who is a fan of a knitted jumper and does not trust horses! After winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for his coverage of the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh, Cathal relocated back to Ireland where he is continuing his work documenting people and places. He was chief photographer for Reuters in India and has travelled extensively in Asia covering news stories of world importance. He also worked for Reuters in Europe, the Press Association and The Daily Telegraph, and his work regularly features in leading publications across the globe. Cathal’s photography has won him major accolades including U.K Press Photographer of the Year, Royal Photographer of the Year and Environmental Photographer of the Year. His work capturing the struggle of the exiled Rohingya Muslims saw him awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in New York in 2018. Cathal leads master classes, workshops and conferences in universities and he travels worldwide talking about the role of the media in divided societies and the importance of factual journalism in the world of social media. www.cathal-mcnaughton.com

    You can also access and subscribe to these podcasts at SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/unofphoto on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/a-photographic-life/id1380344701 on Player FM https://player.fm/series/a-photographic-lifeand Podbean www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/i6uqx-6d9ad/A-Photographic-Life-Podcast

    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, and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Focal Press 2014) and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Focal Press 2015). His book New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2019.

    The documentary film, Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay can now be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd47549knOU&t=3915s.

    © Grant Scott 2020

    • 20 min
    A Photographic Life - 105: Plus Jessica Backhaus

    A Photographic Life - 105: Plus Jessica Backhaus

    In episode 105 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering how important the history of photography is to photography today, what is 'contemporary photography'? He also reflects on the recent death of Sue Davies OBE and the foundation of The Photographer's Gallery, London. 

    Plus this week photographer Jessica Backhaus 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?’

    Jessica Backhaus was born in Cuxhaven, Germany in 1970 and grew up in an artistic family. At the age of sixteen, she moved to Paris, where she later studied photography and visual communications. Here she met Gisele Freund in 1992, who became her mentor. In 1995 her passion for photography drew her to New York, where she assisted photographers, pursued her own projects and lived until 2009. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. To date, she has eight publications to her name including; Jesus and the Cherries, 2005, What Still Remains, 2008, One Day in November, 2008, I Wanted to See the World, 2010, Once, still and forever, 2012, Six degrees of freedom, 2015 and A TRILOGY, 2017. Her photographs are in many prominent art collections and she is represented by galleries in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Boston, Philadelphia, Milan, Lisbon and Amsterdam. http://jessicabackhaus.com

    You can also access and subscribe to these podcasts at SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/unofphoto on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/a-photographic-life/id1380344701 on Player FM https://player.fm/series/a-photographic-lifeand Podbean www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/i6uqx-6d9ad/A-Photographic-Life-Podcast

    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, and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Focal Press 2014) and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Focal Press 2015). His book New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2019.


    The documentary film, Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay can now be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd47549knOU&t=3915s.

    © Grant Scott 2020

    • 19 min
    A Photographic Life - 104: Plus Reuben Wu

    A Photographic Life - 104: Plus Reuben Wu

    In episode 104 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on the use of 'low-fi' equipment in broadcasting during the pandemic, the need for free initiatives to continue after the lockdown has finished and the possible birth of a new 'Punk' aesthetic.

    Plus this week photographer Reuben Wu 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?’

    Reuben Wu is a photographer, director, music producer and member of the band Ladytron. Born in Liverpool to parents from Hong Kong, he grew up in north-west England and trained in Industrial Design at Sheffield Hallam University. Reuben met Daniel Hunt in Liverpool in 1994 and formed Ladytron in 1999, along with Mira Aroyo and Helen Marnie. Wu graduated in 1997 and finished his MSc in 1998 at the University of Liverpool and worked as an industrial designer until going full-time with the band in 2002. Wu began to document his travels on tour with the band with photography and when the band took a break in 2012 he was able to focus full-time on his own creative output. He has since created images for GE, Apple's 'Shot On iPhone' campaign, Jaguar Land Rover, Google and the record label Interscope amongst others. In 2019 his work was exhibited as part of Aeroglyphs & other Nocturnes at the PhotoEye Gallery, Santa Fe, 2019, The Photography Show presented by AIPAD with PhotoEye Gallery, New York City, NY  and the GROUP SHOW also at the PhotoEye Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. https://reubenwu.com/home

    You can also access and subscribe to these podcasts at SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/unofphoto on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/a-photographic-life/id1380344701 on Player FM https://player.fm/series/a-photographic-lifeand Podbean www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/i6uqx-6d9ad/A-Photographic-Life-Podcast

    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, and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Focal Press 2014) and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Focal Press 2015). His book New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2019.

    The documentary film, Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay can now be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd47549knOU&t=3915s.

    • 20 min

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No gear talk, so ageless - and wonderful insight to contemporary photographers and their relationship with photography.

Highly recommended.

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