172 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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    • 4.8 • 19 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 - 169: Plus Frances Scott

    A Photographic Life - 169: Plus Frances Scott

    In episode 169 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on rules on being an artist, making friends through photography, the importance of writing to photography and applying for positions with photographic education.

    Plus this week photographer Frances Scott 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?’

    Frances Scott is from Orkney, but is currently based in Glasgow. She graduated in photography from Glasgow School of Art in 2014 and focuses on journeys made through a landscape of personal significance. Since 2016 she has been working on a long–term project to walk and document the coastlines of Orkney. She is a founding member of the Orkney–based Móti Collective, and one of the organisers of Holm Sound, a digital offshoot of ØY Festival. Her first photobook, Undertow, was published by Another Place Press in February 2020, followed more recently by her second publication, A9. https://frances-scott.co.uk

    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 https://bluecoatpress.co.uk/product/what-does-photography-mean-to-you/

    © Grant Scott 2021

    • 19 min
    A Photographic Life - 168: Plus Tadas Kazakevičius

    A Photographic Life - 168: Plus Tadas Kazakevičius

    In episode 168 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on ego within photography, keeping it simple and inaccessible inspirational photo books.

    Plus this week photographer Tadas Kazakevičius 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?’

    Tadas Kazakevičius is a documentary and portrait photographer based in Vilnius, Lithuania. After spending five years in the United Kingdom, Kazakevičius returned to his native Lithuania where he is particularly interested in the social aspects of the people living there. Kazakevičius’ ongoing series Soon to be Gone was a finalist in LensCulture’s Exposure Awards 2017 and featured in The Royal Photographic Society’s 160 exhibition. In 2018, he was picked as a finalist in the ZEISS Photography Awards and the series was shown in Les Photaumnales festival in Le Quadrilatère Gallery, Beauvais, France. With his series Between Two Shores, Kazakevičius was one of the finalists of the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards in 2018. The British Journal of Photography featured the series Soon to be Gone in 2019, and he was one of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2019 finalists. In 2019 he became a member of the international documentary photography cooperative, 'Inland Stories'. https://tadaskazakevicius.com

    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
    A Photographic Life - 167: Plus Simon Roberts

    A Photographic Life - 167: Plus Simon Roberts

    In episode 167 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on nostalgia, the photographic happening and a celebrity photo shoot in New York.

    Plus this week photographer Simon Roberts 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?’

    exhibited widely and his photographs reside in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche Börse Art Collection and V&A Museum. In 2010 he was commissioned as the official British Election Artist by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a record of the General Election and in 2014 he represented Britain during the UK-Russia Year of Culture. He has been commissioned to make several large-scale public artworks and recognised with numerous awards including an Honorary Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society, the Vic Odden Award and grants from Arts Council England and the John Kobal Foundation. He is the author of several critically acclaimed monographs including Motherland in 2007, We English in 2009), Pierdom in 2013 and Merrie Albion in 2017. Roberts work has been profiled and published widely including in the New Yorker, Granta, National Geographic, ArtForum, Wallpaper, amongst others. He holds a BA Hons in Cultural Geography from The University of Sheffield, and is a regular public speaker and visiting lecturer at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Outside of his own professional practice he is involved with several not for profit organisations having served as a trustee of Photoworks and currently working as an ambassador for FotoDocument and the Positive View Foundation. Roberts is a member of the European artist collective, Piece of Cake and lives in Brighton, England. www.simoncroberts.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).

    © Grant Scott 2021

    • 20 min
    A Photographic Life - 166: Plus Fabio Ponzio

    A Photographic Life - 166: Plus Fabio Ponzio

    In episode 166 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on rules in photography, how you don't learn, if you don't hear what you need to hear and travel instigating work.

    Plus this week photographer Fabio Ponzio 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?’

    Fabio Ponzio's interest in photography began in 1976, during a trip to the Balkans. In 1977 he made his first photographic journey across northern Europe, travelling on a scooter and between 1978 to1980 Ponzio continued his travels into Germany and across Great Britain. He worked for the Italian and international press from 1980 to 1987, and co-founded two photojournalism agencies. In 1987, returning from a trip to Istanbul, he embarked on a lengthy photographic project in search of Eastern Europe, travelling through Poland, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, the Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Yugoslavia and Albania. In 1989 he documented the fall of the communist regimes and in 1991 he received the 'European Kodak Award of Photography'. In 1993 he received the Mother Jones 'Foundation Award for documentary Photography', and in 1998 the 'Leica Oskar Barnack Award'. Ponzio continued to travel across Eastern Europe from 1987 to 2009 and in 2003 travelled to Georgia with his friend, the writer Rocco Carbone and began a series of trips to the southern Caucasus. In 2007 he was commissioned by MAXXI in Rome to document the Italian landscape, a project that instigated a series of travels in Western Europe in 2008. In 2020, East of Nowhere, a collection of twenty-two years of work, was published with a preface written by Romanian-born German novelist Herta Müller, the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature. www.fabioponzio.com

    Fabio Ponzio’s contribution is read by his daughter Charlie Ponzio.

    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 https://bluecoatpress.co.uk/product/what-does-photography-mean-to-you/

    © Grant Scott 2021

    • 20 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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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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