59 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 United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer in Photography, 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 next book New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2019. His documentary film, Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay has been screened across the UK and the US in 2018 and will be screened in the US and Canada in 2019. He is currently working on his next documentary film project titled Woke Up This Morning: The Rock n' Roll Thunder of Ray Lowry. www.unitednationsofphotography.com. Podcast music: Written and performed by Laura Ritchie.

A Photographic Life The United Nations of Photography

    • Arts
    • 4.9, 33 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 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 United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer in Photography, 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 next book New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2019. His documentary film, Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay has been screened across the UK and the US in 2018 and will be screened in the US and Canada in 2019. He is currently working on his next documentary film project titled Woke Up This Morning: The Rock n' Roll Thunder of Ray Lowry. www.unitednationsofphotography.com. Podcast music: Written and performed by Laura Ritchie.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

BelgianBob ,

Nick the Free Movement guy.

The podcasts feel like a much-needed and clear-eyed critique of the current state of photography, the issues affecting practitioners and students alike, and addressing these daily concerns through a historical perspective and theough the lens of Grant's considerable personal experience. It is, if you like, a condensed version of the sort of discussions I used to enjoy as a student - at degree level, at foundation level and before that, with people whose experiences of photography were very different to my own - and it is all the more rewarding for that.
If this is to be the quality of lecture and tutorial discussions on Oxford Brookes University's new Photography BA, then I imagie the students who enrol will have chosen wisely.

Hooyah Deepsea ,

Arm around the artist.

A venerable arm around the artist.

If Grant has set out to achieve this then he has hit the target.

Curating a collaborative approach this provides a blend of inspiring insight and refreshing perspective from the a variety of leading lights within the industry and for those listening more closely, arguably the means to bridge the silos that evidently exist within a passionate community.

While all reviews are by nature subjective, I can only offer my recommendation, and whether you catch up / binge or set aside a weekly space for this, your time will be richly rewarded.

Shutter monkey ,

Inspiration aplenty for all creatives

Even if you’re not a photographer by trade, this podcast delivers lots of inspiration if you’re working on anything creative. It’s not too long, not too short and is a pleasing mix of quality interviewing and garden-shed broadcasting. If you’re curious of mind, take a listen!

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