117 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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    • 4.9, 8 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 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 - 115: Plus Danna Singer

    A Photographic Life - 115: Plus Danna Singer

    In episode 115 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering photography as a business and if the photo festival is a tired format in need of a reboot.

    Plus this week photographer Danna Singer 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?’

    Danna Singer is a photographic artist, educator, and curator. She was born in 1971 in New Brunswick, New Jersey and raised in Toms River, New Jersey. She received her BFA from the Pratt Institute in 2010 and her MFA from Yale University in 2017. She was awarded the Juncture Fellowship in 2016 from the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights/Yale Law School for her Roma project and in 2020 a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Danna has worked on photographic projects for Yale University, the ACLU, and the New Yorker, The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine among others. Her worked has been exhibited at the New Britain Museum of American Arts, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Centre, the Aperture Gallery, NY and the Danziger Gallery, NY, amongst others. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia and New Jersey. https://dannasinger.photoshelter.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

    • 19 min
    A Photographic Life - 114: Plus Tim Davis

    A Photographic Life - 114: Plus Tim Davis

    In a packed episode 114 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering taking control of personal circumstance, becoming a photography teacher, living outside of the metropolitan bubble, why computational photography needs to be recognised and addressed, the importance of archives and libraries, and a photographer's transferable skills.

    Plus this week photographer Tim Davis 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?’

    You can download Tim's album It's Ok to Hate Yourself mentioned by Grant in this week's podcast for free here:
    www.davistim.com/its-ok-to-hate-yourself/download.html

    Tim Davis was born in Malawi in 1969 and is an American photographer, filmmaker, singer, songwriter and poet. He graduated from Bard College, New York State and earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. His photographic work delves into formal aspects of photography as well as socially engaged documentary and he is the author and subject of several books, including Lots, Permanent Collection and My Life in Politics, plus a book of poetry titled American Whatever. He is represented by the Greenberg Van Doren Gallery and Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York City. He was a Finalist in the Discovery Award, Arles Photography Festival 2004, awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2007 and the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize 2008. Tim's work is exhibited widely in group and solo shows. He lives and works in New York City. www.davistim.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 - 113: Plus Nick Wynne

    A Photographic Life - 113: Plus Nick Wynne

    In episode 113 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering emotional connection, the importance of heroes in our creative lives and ask's "What is the reality of earning a living as a commissioned analogue photographer?"

    Plus this week photographer Nicholas J. R. White 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?’

    Nick Wynne was Born in 1971 in Parkgate Wirral in the North West of England. His father was a builder who ran a small firm with his mother and he moved house a lot as a
    child as his family would buy land build a house, sell and repeat. Nick ran away from his private high school, ended up in a comprehensive school and failed all of his exams except for art. An art teacher in high school introduced him photography and showed him how to make prints on an old enlarger. Nick went onto art collage in Wallasey near Liverpool out of desperation and completed a diploma and a two year BTEC in photography where he was introduced to the photographer Tom Wood. In 1989 Nick travelled to Romania by car and photographed Romanian and Hungarian gypsies before going onto Wolverhampton University to study photography under photographer Nick Hedges but left after a few weeks. He went alone to the United States and hitched from New Jersey before buying a car and travelling to photograph in Arizona State Penitentiary, sleeping rough on petrol station forecourts, he was escorted out of town in New Jersey for vagrancy and spent a day in 'The Pen'. Returning to the UK in 1990/1 Nick applied to Gwent Collage Newport led by photographer Daniel Meadows and left at the end of the course without collecting his certificate or proof he'd ever been there! In 1992/3 he worked on building sites as a labourer, got married and had a child, with three more children following in quick succession. In 1995 he moved to Birkenhead and having bought and sold many properties has returned to Neston, Wirral. Nick has no website but posts his work both new and old on Twitter and Instagram with great passion and regularity. He owns and runs a small fencing firm consisting of himself and one labourer.
    Twitter: @NickWynne3. Instagram: nicholasthomaswynne


    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

    • 19 min
    A Photographic Life - 112: Plus Nicholas J.R. White

    A Photographic Life - 112: Plus Nicholas J.R. White

    In episode 112 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering what constitutes street and studio photography, the importance of the 'personal' in photography and the need to avoid creative templates and labels.

    Plus this week photographer Nicholas J. R. White 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?’

    Nicholas J. R. White studied for a B.A (Hons) Photography at Plymouth College of Art, and is now based in the Dartmoor National Park, South West England. His work examines the land and the ways in which we interact with our natural spaces. In addition to his personal work, Nicholas also takes on commercial and editorial assignments for clients including TIME, Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times Weekend, and the Telegraph Magazine. He has won a number of awards including the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward,2019, Landscape Photographer of the Year, 2018, British Journal of Photography Portrait of Britain Winner, 2018, and Royal Photographic Society Environmental Bursary, Under 30’s Winner, 2017. His work has been widely exhibited and his book Black Dots was published by Another Place Press in 2018. www.nicholasjrwhite.co.uk

    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

    • 19 min
    A Photographic Life - 111: Plus Mandy Barker

    A Photographic Life - 111: Plus Mandy Barker

    In episode 111 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the documentation of political upheaval, the importance of ethics and morals in a photographic practice and the need for empathy as a photographer.

    Plus this week photographer Mandy Barker 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?’

    Mandy Barker is an award-winning photographer whose work involving marine plastic debris over the past 10 years has received global recognition. Working with scientists she aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world's oceans. Her work has been published in the National Geographic Magazine, TIME Magazine, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The New Scientist, amongst others and used to illustrate key scientific research papers. Barker was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet Award SPACE 2017, and nominated for the Magnum Foundation Fund and Deutsche Borse Foundation Photography Prize 2020. In 2012 she was awarded The Royal Photographic Society's Environmental Bursary and in 2018 she was a recipient of the 2018 National Geographic Society Grant for Research and Exploration. Her first book Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals was selected as one of the Ten Best Photography Books of 2017, by the Smithsonian and  her book Altered Ocean was chosen by The Royal Photographic Society as one of their Top 10 Photobooks of 2019. Also, in 2019 Barker collaborated with Stanford University with the launch of the virtual reality experience, Ripple: the unintended life of plastics in the sea. Her latest body of work LUNASEA created as part of the Henderson Island Plastic Pollution Expedition has just been released on her website. Barker is a member of the Union of Concerned Photographers (UCP), which is dedicated to using the power of imagery to underline the urgency of environmental concerns. www.mandy-barker.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 - 110.5: 'On The Streets' Special: Plus Photographer Micaiah Carter

    A Photographic Life - 110.5: 'On The Streets' Special: Plus Photographer Micaiah Carter

    In this special episode UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on the past week of images coming out of the United States documenting police violence, the protests following the death of George Floyd and the support for Back Lives Matter.

    Plus photographer Micaiah Carter 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?’

    The 23-year-old Brooklyn-based photographer Micaiah Carter has barely been out of college a year yet he has already photographed Serena Williams for the cover of Adweek, Ciara for King Kong magazine, Afropunk portraits for Vogue, and advertising campaigns for Nike, Converse and the fashion label Thom Browne. Micaiah is currently working on his first monograph, 95 48, whose title refers to his and his father’s birthdates and which takes as its inspiration photographs of his father and his friends during the 1970s. Just months after graduating from Parsons School of Design, Carter’s work was shown at the Brooklyn Museum as part of the exhibition Black History, Black Future, a collaboration with Adidas. Carter has in three short years photographed numerous influential artists including painter, Kehinde Wiley, film maker, Spike Lee and actress, Taraji P. Henson. He is based in Brooklyn. https://micaiahcarter.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-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

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
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8 Ratings

Naomi Anonymous ,

An excellent podcast

This is one of my absolute favorite photography podcasts. Scott talks about photography itself, what it means, where it's situated in the world - not about cameras or technique. He thinks deeply and is clearly receptive to a range of opinions and perspectives, which encourages the listener to expand their own thinking about the medium. Each episode also includes a photographer responding, in their own voice, to the question, "What does photography mean to you?" Highly receommended!

Koeknyc ,

A must for photographers

Scott gives every week a short episode. With some food for thought regarding working as a photogapher or any subject matter related such as the art education / is digital medium, photography?/ the pa-to-contest market / the loss of analog archives etcetera. The great thing is that Scott comes from the wonderful golden age of the money making analog world. He knows what it takes to be a professional photographer. With the current digital world and fall of the analog empire he seems well aware of the difficulties to try to make a descent living. The catch 22 that a steady job will mean not being able to do commissioned work. Scott has a meaning but he never forces it upon me. I can form my own. Plus he lets a photographer every week answer the question "what does photography means to you?" which makes me always think: "interesting that is so not how I see it...or yep thats spot on!" He seems like a chap I would just love to have living next door to me. To pop by every now and then and philosophize about the wonderful world of visual story telling. He's British so I guess that would be over a cup of tea... ;-)

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