198 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

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    • 4.9 • 49 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.

    A Photographic Life - 195: Plus Ruth Lauer Manenti

    A Photographic Life - 195: Plus Ruth Lauer Manenti

    In episode 195 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on the use of the word photography, the role of photojournalism and the evolution of the photographic agent.

    Plus this week photographer Ruth Lauer Manenti take's 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?’

    Ruth Lauer Manenti received an MFA from The Yale School of Art in painting and drawing in 1994 and in 2012, she was given a large format camera and taught herself how to use it. Since breaking her neck in a car crash at the age of twenty, she has developed a spiritual life and practice that has propelled much of her photographic work. Gradually she accomplished what she was striving for in drawing and painting, through photography. Her mother was also an artist who left behind a legacy of unknown work and part of Ruth’s determination as an artist is to reward her mother for her efforts and to create a continuum. She was awarded a NYFA grant in photography in 2016 and had a solo exhibition at The Center for Photography in Woodstock, NY in 2020. Her book Alms was exhibited at The Griffin Museum of Photography and Manenti received an Honourable Mention in the 2021 Julia Margaret Cameron Award and 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts in Photography. She lives in the Catskill Mountains in New York with her husband and 3 cats. www.ruthlauermanenti.com

    Dr. Grant Scott is the 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).

    Podcast music: Written and performed by Dr. Laura Ritchie www.lauraritchie.com

    © Grant Scott 2022

    • 20 min
    A Photographic Life - 194: Plus Frederic Aranda

    A Photographic Life - 194: Plus Frederic Aranda

    In episode 194 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on photography as evidence of important events, what it takes to get commissioned and why you don't need to buy more cameras and lenses.

    Plus this week photographer Frederic Aranda take's 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?’

    Self-taught portrait photographer Frederic Aranda was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1980 and came to the UK over 20 years ago to undertake a degree in Japanese at Oxford University. He has been based in London ever since and is known for a colourful but pared-down form of portraiture and group portraits for clients such as Vanity Fair and Patek Philippe, Harrods. Two books of his work have been published, Electric Fashion in 2017 and California Elegance: Portraits From the Final Frontier in 2021. He has had three solo exhibitions of his work in London, the most recent of which was in the Raphael Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Aranda was given a Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society in 2021 and his work has also been recognised by the International Photography Awards, the RPS International Photography Exhibition and The Swiss Photo Award. Aranda was also a finalist in the Sony World Photography Awards and the Aesthetica Art Prize. Last year his work was part of a group show on Holocaust Survivors living in the UK at the Imperial War Museum, London. https://fredericaranda.com

    Dr. Grant Scott is the 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).

    Podcast music: Written and performed by Dr. Laura Ritchie www.lauraritchie.com

    © Grant Scott 2022

    • 19 min
    A Photographic Life - 193: Plus Art Streiber

    A Photographic Life - 193: Plus Art Streiber

    In episode 193 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on the difference between an amateur and professional photography, the need for a new photography TV series and the challenges photography could face in 2022.

    Plus this week photographer Art Streiber take's 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?’

    Art Streiber is an American portrait photographer best known for his portraits of entertainment and sports personalities. Streiber studied at Stanford University, graduated in 1984, and has been based in his hometown of Los Angeles since 1994. He is a regular contributor to the major Hollywood studios and networks, having shot posters and related promotional collateral for ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO, MTV, Universal Studios, DreamWorks, and Sony Pictures. Streiber has also photographed behind the scenes at the Academy Awards every year since 2000 to the present day, excluding 2009. In 2005, American Photo magazine named him one of the '100 Most Important People in Photography' and in 2008, the Pacific Design Center in California presented Streiber with the Star of Design Award for photography. Streiber lectures and teaches frequently and is represented by Giant Artists. www.artstreiber.com

    Dr.Grant Scott is the 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).

    Podcast music: Written and performed by Dr. Laura Ritchie www.lauraritchie.com

    © Grant Scott 2022

    • 20 min
    A Photographic Life - 192: 2021 Review of the Year Special: Plus Writer, and Editor Bill Shapiro

    A Photographic Life - 192: 2021 Review of the Year Special: Plus Writer, and Editor Bill Shapiro

    In this extended episode, editor, writer and curator of photography Bill Shapiro looks back, and forward with Grant at the dominant themes within photography of 2021 including: is humanist photography coming back? Is street photography over? What's after Instagram? Online exhibitions and experiences, photography as evidence, archives and the cloud, and yes, NFTs! Grant also marks the passing of the photographers we have lost in 2021.

    Bill Shapiro
    Bill Shapiro served as the Editor-in-Chief of LIFE, the legendary photo magazine; LIFE’s relaunch in 2004 was the largest in Time Inc. history. Later, he was the founding Editor-in-Chief of LIFE.com, which won the 2011 National Magazine Award for digital photography. Shapiro is the author of several books, among them Gus & Me, a children’s book he co-wrote with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and, What We Keep, which looks at the objects in our life that hold the most emotional significance. A fine-art photography curator for New York galleries and a consultant to photographers, Shapiro is also a Contributing Editor to the Leica Conversations series. He has written about photography for the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, Vogue, and Esquire, among others. Every Friday — more or less — he posts about under-the-radar photographers on his Instagram feed, where he’s @billshapiro.

    a photographer for a number of advertising and editorial clients in 2000. Alongside his photographic career Scott has art directed numerous advertising campaigns, worked as a creative director at Sotheby's, art directed foto8 magazine, founded his own photographic gallery, edited Professional Photographer magazine and launched his own title for photographers and filmmakers Hungry Eye. He founded the United Nations of Photography in 2012, and is now a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator: Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, and a BBC Radio contributor. Scott is 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), and What Does Photography Mean To You? (Bluecoat Press 2020). His photography has been published in At Home With The Makers of Style (Thames & Hudson 2006) and Crash Happy: A Night at The Bangers (Cafe Royal Books 2012). His film Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay was premiered in 2018.

    © Grant Scott 2022

    • 47 min
    A Photographic Life - 191: Christmas Special, Plus Curator, Editor, and Consultant Zelda Cheatle

    A Photographic Life - 191: Christmas Special, Plus Curator, Editor, and Consultant Zelda Cheatle

    In episode 191 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy Holidays, whilst not taking things too seriously.

    Plus this week curator, editor, and photographic consultant Zelda Cheatle take's 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?’

    Zelda Cheatle’s life in photography and the arts has encompassed being a photographer, gallerist, publisher, curator, lecturer and author. She began her gallery career at The Photographers’ Gallery, London working with internationally renowned photographers and emerging British artists using photography. In 1989, she started the Zelda Cheatle Gallery, first in Cecil Court, WC2 , then Mount Street W.1 and finally in Shoreditch until 2005, where, she exhibited important work by British and international artists – including Helen Chadwick, Eve Arnold, Berenice Abbott, Sarah Moon, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Lee Miller, Robert Frank and Abbas Kiarostami among many others. Her gallery also consistently showed young and emerging artists and the Zelda Cheatle Press published monographs of contemporary British artists and photographers. As lead curator for the World Photography Organisation for many years, Cheatle has spoken extensively about photography and its place as fine art. Her recent photographic exhibitions include Cecil Beaton in both the State Hermitage, St Petersburg and Blenheim Palace; Yan Wang Preston in China; photography from the Gulf countries exhibited in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the Dubai Photo Exhibition comprising 868 photo works. She began and managed the first Photography Fund, that collected, exhibited and published a collection of over 6,000 iconic prints including a Russian 20th century collection, Eve Arnolds vintage archive and icons and masterpieces of the European and American schools. She is an Honorary Fellow at the University of the Arts Bournemouth, a Member of the Council of Friends, National Gallery of Ireland and has been on the Advisory Committee, Photo Shanghai, Chair of judges, Kraszna Krausze book Award and a Nominator for the Deutsche Borse and Prix Pictet competitions. Zelda Cheatle continues to curate exhibitions and publish, review and challenge photography. www.zeldacheatle.com

    Dr.Grant Scott is the 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).

    Comedy Extracts:
    Hancock's Half Hour: The Photographer, Series 6 Episode 8. 1960
    People Like Us: The Photographer, Series 1, Episode 2. 1999
    The Sketch Show, Series 1, Episode 6. 2001

    Podcast music: Written and performed by Dr. Laura Ritchie www.lauraritchie.com

    © Grant Scott 2021

    • 23 min
    A Photographic Life - 190: Plus Jeffery Stockbridge

    A Photographic Life - 190: Plus Jeffery Stockbridge

    In episode 190 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on creative freedom, preparing digital images for print and this year's Christmas for photographers.

    Plus this week photographer Jefferey Stockbridge take 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?’

    Jeffrey Stockbridge was born in 1982 and is a Philadelphia-based photographer and fine art printer. Stockbridge graduated from Drexel University in 2005 and opened a premier fine-art printing business, Stockbridge Fine Art Print in 2009. He is known for his large-format colour photographs that document and humanize the elusive underbelly of inner-city life and his work has been featured in group exhibitions at The National Portrait Gallery in London, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Delaware Art Museum, The Woodmere Art Museum, The Fleisher Art Memorial and the DCCA. His body of work, Kensington Blues, documents the trials and tribulations of those affected by drug addiction and prostitution along Kensington Avenue in North Philadelphia. Audio interviews, journal entries and photographs, made over a period of five years, come together to tell the stories of those struggling to survive the neighbourhood and themselves. www.jeffreystockbridge.com

    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 2021

    • 20 min

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4.9 out of 5
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49 Ratings

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100 episodes and counting.

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