168 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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"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 - 165: Plus Harry Borden

    A Photographic Life - 165: Plus Harry Borden

    In episode 165 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on learning and teaching photography, formally, informally and unintentionally!

    Plus this week photographer Harry Borden 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?’

    Harry Borden is a British portrait photographer based in London, born in New York and brought up in Devon in the UK. He studied photography at Plymouth College of Art and Design from 1985-7 and moved to London shortly afterwards, where he worked as an assistant for the photographer Lester Bookbinder. Borden received his first commission from The Observer in 1994 and as his profile grew his portraits appeared regularly in this and other Sunday supplements, as well as magazines such as Harpers & Queen, Vogue and The New Yorker. Borden was awarded the Kobal Photographic Portrait Prize in1998 and 2000 and World Press Photo awards in 1997 and 1999. In 2005, he had his first solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London titled Harry Borden: On Business. The National Portrait Gallery holds more than 100 examples of Borden’s work in its photographic collection and in 2014, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society. In 2017 his book Survivor, A Portrait of the Survivors of the Holocaust was published having been short-listed for the European Publishers Award for Photography and in 2014 judged among the 10 best Photography books of 2018 by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. His second book, Single Dad was published in 2021. https://harryborden.co.uk

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    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's book What Does Photography Mean to You? including 89 photographers who have contributed to the A Photographic Life podcast is on sale now £9.99 https://bluecoatpress.co.uk/product/what-does-photography-mean-to-you/

    © Grant Scott 2021

    • 19 min
    A Photographic Life - 164: Plus Jason Langer

    A Photographic Life - 164: Plus Jason Langer

    In episode 164 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering transferable skills, film making, finding answers with photography and challenging the status quo.

    Plus this week photographer Jason Langer 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?’

    Arizona born American photographer Jason Langer's love of photography dates back to his childhood in Ashland, Oregon.  Groomed on a Mamiya C330 twin-lens reflex, he developed his work in a makeshift darkroom cum hall closet in his family home before moving on to more advanced technology at the University of Oregon, where he earned a degree in photography.  Following graduation, Langer worked as an apprentice and printer for some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most renowned photographers, including Ruth Bernhard, Arthur Tress, and Michael Kenna, who became a lifelong mentor and friend. Langer descends from a tradition of photographers—George Krause, Ralph Gibson, Roy deCarava, Bill Brandt, Matt Mahurin—who photograph what is physically happening in the world, but a world in which the unexpected appears for brief glimpses before returning to generally accepted social norms. Langer’s work has appeared in numerous publications including American Photo, Life, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time, and Vanity Fair.  In addition, his in the permanent and private collections of the Rutgers University, Sir Elton John, Sir Mick Jagger, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Zimmerli Art Museum. He has published three monographs: Secret City (2006), Possession (2013) and Twenty Years (2015). He is currently working on a fourth book titled Berlin. Langer is also a sought-after photography mentor, having taught at the Academy of Art University for 12 years and Santa Fe Workshops since 2014. www.jasonlanger.com

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    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).

    What Does Photography Mean to You? including 89 photographers who have contributed to the A Photographic Life podcast is on sale now £9.99 https://bluecoatpress.co.uk/product/what-does-photography-mean-to-you/

    © Grant Scott 2021

    • 20 min
    A Photographic Life - 163: Plus David Corio

    A Photographic Life - 163: Plus David Corio

    In episode 163 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on multi-faceted image making, still images in film narrative, avoiding meaningless catchphrases, and suggesting a photographer from the past to check out that you may not of heard of.

    Plus this week photographer David Corio 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?’

    Design to study photography. After leaving college he worked in an industrial darkroom as a printer and started to freelance in 1978 for the New Musical Express, followed by The Face, Time Out, Q, Mojo, Black Echoes, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and numerous other magazines and newspapers. In 1992 he moved to New York and for 16 years worked mainly for the New York Times and various record labels. Corio is best known for his portraits of musicians including many reggae, hip hop, soul and jazz artists and his photographs have appeared on over 500 record sleeves. With over 200 of his images of black musicians being published in the book The Black Chord. Corio also has a strong interest in prehistoric standing stones and his book Megaliths with text by Lai Ngan Corio was published in 2001. Corio’s photos are in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, ICA, the National Museum of African American Culture in Washington DC, the National African American Museum in Tennessee and the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica. https://davidcorio.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).

    t Does Photography Mean to You? including 89 photographers who have contributed to the A Photographic Life podcast is on sale now £9.99 https://bluecoatpress.co.uk/product/what-does-photography-mean-to-you/

    © Grant Scott 2021

    • 20 min
    A Photographic Life - 162: Plus Mik Critchlow

    A Photographic Life - 162: Plus Mik Critchlow

    In episode 162 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on the importance of receiving and giving feedback, the long term project and using all forms of art as inspiration, information and aspiration within photographic practice.

    Plus this week photographer Mik Critchlow 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?’

    Mik Critchlow is a social documentary photographer based in the North East of England who has worked on long term community-based projects for over forty years. The son of a miner, he has worked within the community with a deep-rooted empathy for the townsfolk, and the area he documents. Critchlow left high school in 1970 at the age of 15 years without academic qualifications and went straight into the workplace two days after leaving school, gaining full-time employment as a tailor’s trimmer at a local clothing factory. From there, he went straight into the Merchant Navy as a cabin boy and worked his way through the ranks to become a Steward/Cook, whilst being active within the National Union of Seamen. In 1977, he enrolled on a two-year course at his local College studying Art History and Graphic design as a mature student, it was while at college that he picked up a camera for the first time and immediately fell in love with the medium and process of photography. On seeing an exhibition of paintings by the ‘Pitmen Painters’, he realised the value of art as a social document and in the same year, he began a long-term photography project which documented his home-town of Ashington, Northumberland. In 1979 he received grant funding from Northern Arts (Arts Council of England) to produce documentary photography work in the area. In 1980 he was commissioned by Side Gallery, Newcastle and was introduced to fellow photographers Chris Killip, Graham Smith and Sirkka Liisa Konttinen, who were also producing long term projects on the working class communities of the North East of England. For the past 42 years, Critchlow has photographed the town, people and surrounding areas of Ashington, the town in which he was born, educated and still lives. His work is held in public and private collections and has been exhibited widely. A book of his work Coal Town was published in 2019. www.mikcritchlow.com

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    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's book What Does Photography Mean to You? including 89 photographers who have contributed to the A Photographic Life podcast is on sale now £9.99

    © Grant Scott 2021

    • 19 min
    A Photographic Life - 161: Plus Jeremy Nicholl

    A Photographic Life - 161: Plus Jeremy Nicholl

    In episode 161 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on the business of photography, the death of editorial photography, positive thinking and the importance of learning from experience.

    Plus this week photographer Jeremy Nicholl 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 in Northern Ireland in 1957, Jeremy Nicholl was inspired to become a photographer by a combination of his school library’s collection of Picture Post magazines, and seeing the news coverage surrounding his teenage years during 'The Troubles' in 1970s Northern Ireland printed in newspapers – especially the Sunday Times and Observer. He began his career in London, rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the UK's leading news photographers. In 1986 he was invited to join a proposed new national newspaper, the Independent, becoming a core member of an award winning editorial team. In 1989 he left the paper to concentrate on longer term documentary photography, and since 1991 has specialised in reportage from across Russia and the Former Soviet Union, while taking time out to work on assignment photography and personal projects elsewhere. Nicholl's work has appeared in a wide range of publications around the world and been shown at numerous international festivals and exhibitions. He has also won a number of awards, including World Press Photo and Interfoto, Russia's leading contest for professional photographers. In addition to his assignments for leading international publications he is known for generating his own projects. Best known for classical photojournalism, in recent years Nicholl has extended his interests to medium format portraiture and is now based in the Soviet Union. www.jeremynichollarchive.com

    Dr. Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, 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's book 'What Does Photography Mean to You?' (Bluecoat Press) including 89 photographers who have contributed to the A Photographic Life podcast is on sale now £9.99

    Grant Scott 2021

    • 19 min
    A Photographic Life - 160: Plus Mark Steinmetz

    A Photographic Life - 160: Plus Mark Steinmetz

    In episode 160 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed announcing that the doctor will see you now, considering the importance of Tik Tok and not getting left behind, being working class and photographers moving into teaching.

    Plus this week photographer Mark Steinmetz 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?’

    Mark Steinmetz was born in New York City and raised in the Boston suburbs of Cambridge and Newton until he was 12. He then moved to the midwest before, aged 21, he went to study photography at the Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. He left that MFA program after one semester and in mid 1983, aged 22, moved to Los Angeles in search of the photographer Garry Winogrand, whom he befriended. Steinmetz makes photographs "of ordinary people in the ordinary landscapes they inhabit", and "in the midst of activity". He finds many of his subjects whilst walking around but he has also spent time at Little League Baseball and summer camps. His work has been exhibited in many major institutions, including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Public collections featuring his work include Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Yale University Art Gallery; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Nazraeli Press has published nine monographs of his work, including South Central (2006); South East (2008), Greater Atlanta (2009), The Players (2015); and Angel City West (2016). Among other awards, Mark Steinmetz was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1994. Mark Steinmetz resides in Athens, Georgia. www.marksteinmetz.net

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    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's book What Does Photography Mean to You? including 89 photographers who have contributed to the A Photographic Life podcast is on sale now £9.99

    © Grant Scott 2021

    • 19 min

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19 Ratings

DiligentPodcaster ,

Informative and engaging

A great podcast highlighting current , notable photographers and their experiences learning the craft. A ‘must’ hear show for those who love photography. Congratulations and thanks for sharing valuable insights.

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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