The United Nations of Photography

A Photographic Life

“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. You can also access A Photographic Life PLUS on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/aphotographiclifepodcast

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 next book New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography will be published in November 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.

Episodes
Nov. 12, 2019 A Photographic Life - 81: Plus Sebastian Meyer
In episode 81 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the importance of creative space, exhibiting …
Nov. 5, 2019 A Photographic Life - 80: Plus Julie Hrudova
In episode 80 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the creation of photography to support …
Oct. 29, 2019 A Photographic Life - 79: Plus A.D. Coleman
In episode 79 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the audience for photo books, paying …
Oct. 22, 2019 A Photographic Life - 78: Plus Chris Harrison
In episode 78 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed during a storm considering the democratic nature …
Oct. 14, 2019 A Photographic Life - 77: Plus Roger Steffens
In episode 77 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering portrait photography, and the importance of …
Oct. 8, 2019 A Photographic Life - 76: Plus Trevor Brady
In episode 76 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the concept of photo mentors, the …
Oct. 1, 2019 A Photographic Life - 75: Plus Toby Binder
In episode 75 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the mental impact working as a …
Sept. 24, 2019 A Photographic Life - 74: Plus Elinor Carucci
In episode 74 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering Instagram requests for image usage, young …
Sept. 17, 2019 A Photographic Life - 73: Plus Paul Weinberg
In episode 73 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the recent deaths of Robert Frank, …
Sept. 10, 2019 A Photographic Life - 72: Plus Robert Trachtenberg
In episode 72 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering importance of collaboration, making connections. He …
Sept. 3, 2019 A Photographic Life - 71: Plus Venetia Dearden
In episode 71 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering photographic copyright, the appropriation of images …
Aug. 27, 2019 A Photographic Life - 70: Plus Eduardo Soteras Jalil
In episode 70 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the use of 'free' images by …
Aug. 20, 2019 A Photographic Life - 69: Plus John Angerson
In episode 69 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the 'something for nothing' expectation of …
Aug. 13, 2019 A Photographic Life - 68: 'Photo Book Special Part 3' Plus Colin Wilkinson/Bluecoat Press
In episode 68 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed starting Part 3 of a three part …
Aug. 6, 2019 A Photographic Life - 67: 'Photo Book Special Part 2' Plus Paul Russell
In episode 67 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed starting Part 2 of a two or …
July 30, 2019 A Photographic Life - 66: 'Photo Book Special Part 1' Plus Sadie Catt
In episode 66 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed starting Part 1 of a two or …
July 23, 2019 A Photographic Life - 65: Plus Laura El-Tantawy
In episode 65 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the future of photography, technological developments …
July 16, 2019 A Photographic Life - 64: Plus Ian Weldon
In episode 64 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering image syndication usage, image theft, placing …
July 9, 2019 A Photographic Life - 63: Plus Amelia Troubridge
In episode 63 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the importance of reading to photography, …
July 2, 2019 A Photographic Life - 62: Plus Sunil Gupta
In episode 62 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering photography workshops and the promises they …
June 25, 2019 A Photographic Life - 61: Plus Paul Trevor
In episode 61 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering portrait photography, photographer's home's and the …
June 18, 2019 A Photographic Life - 60: Plus Chris Floyd
In episode 60 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering photography and its relationship with the …
June 11, 2019 A Photographic Life - 59: Plus Fleur Olby
In episode 59 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering buying a new camera, the definition …
June 4, 2019 A Photographic Life - 58: Plus Dafydd Jones
In episode 58 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the convergence of commissioned, editorial, advertising, …
May 28, 2019 A Photographic Life - 57: Plus Guy Martin
In episode 57 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering his recent week in Vancouver, Canada, …
May 21, 2019 A Photographic Life - 56: Plus Iain McKell
In episode 56 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering food photography and the value of …
May 14, 2019 A Photographic Life - 55: Plus Katharine MacDaid
In episode 55 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the frustrating nature of photo forums …
May 7, 2019 A Photographic Life - 54: Plus Guia Besana
In episode 54 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering analogue photography within education and the …
April 30, 2019 A Photographic Life - 53: Birthday Special: Plus Elliott Landy
In this birthday special UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on the first year of …
April 23, 2019 A Photographic Life - 52: Plus Geoff Waring
In episode 52 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the citizen journalist, news organisations expecting …
April 16, 2019 A Photographic Life - 51: Plus Colin Jones
In episode 51 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the recent World Press Photo controversy, …
April 9, 2019 A Photographic Life - 50: Plus Alys Tomlinson
In episode 50 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the various skill and digital demands …
April 2, 2019 A Photographic Life - 49: Plus John Sevigny
In episode 49 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the selling of a potentially false …
March 26, 2019 A Photographic Life - 48: Plus Rachel Boillot
In episode 48 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the relationship between music and photography, …
March 19, 2019 A Photographic Life - 47: Plus Paolo Roversi
In episode 47 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering working for free, the relevance of …
March 12, 2019 A Photographic Life - 46: Plus Craig Easton
In episode 46 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering photographic expectation, the need for clarity …
March 5, 2019 A Photographic Life - 45: Plus Derek Ridgers
In episode 45 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering applications for the UNP mentorship programme, …
Feb. 26, 2019 A Photographic Life - 44: Plus David Levenson
In episode 44 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering photo education within universities and transferable …
Feb. 19, 2019 A Photographic Life - 43: Plus Marc Wilson
In episode 43 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the excitement of discovering lost archives …
Feb. 12, 2019 A Photographic Life - 42: Plus Brian Griffin
In episode 42 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the sacrifices photographers make to create …
Feb. 5, 2019 A Photographic Life - 41: Plus Amy Romer
In episode 41 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the importance of research in creating …
Jan. 29, 2019 A Photographic Life - 40: Plus Margaret Mitchell
In episode 41 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering paid for portfolio reviews, working for …
Jan. 22, 2019 A Photographic Life - 39: Plus Michael Jackson
In episode 39 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering photographers writing and talking about their …
Jan. 15, 2019 A Photographic Life - 38: Plus Robert Darch
In episode 38 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering our expectations of personal websites and …
Jan. 8, 2019 A Photographic Life - 37: Plus Christopher Anderson
In episode 37 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the acceptance of photography as a …
Jan. 1, 2019 A Photographic Life - 36: 2018 Review of the Year Special
In episode 36 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed looking back on photography in 2018 and …
Dec. 24, 2018 A Photographic Life - 35: Christmas Special: Plus Jim Mortram
In this Christmas Special UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his festive shed looking back on the past …
Dec. 18, 2018 A Photographic Life - 34: Plus Philip North Coombes
In episode 34 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering photography judging panels, using Instagram as …
Dec. 11, 2018 A Photographic Life - 33: Plus Dan Wood
In episode 33 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering photography and the 'gig' economy and …
Dec. 4, 2018 A Photographic Life - 32: Plus Michael Thompson
In episode 32 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the promise and marketing of 'instant' …
Nov. 27, 2018 A Photographic Life - 31: Plus Mary Ellen Mark
In episode 31 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the recent discussions around stock photography …
Nov. 20, 2018 A Photographic Life - 30: Plus Danny North
In episode 30 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the importance of networking, long-term relationships …
Nov. 13, 2018 A Photographic Life - 29: Plus David Bailey
In episode 29 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering dyslexia amongst the photographic community, whether …
Nov. 6, 2018 A Photographic Life - 28: Plus Kenneth Jarecke
In episode 28 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the relationship between photography and music, …
Oct. 30, 2018 A Photographic Life - 27: Plus Helen Trompeteler
In episode 27 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the Portrait Salon portrait competition's publishing …
Oct. 23, 2018 A Photographic Life - 26: Plus Stuart Franklin
In episode 26 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the debate around the Taylor Wessing …
Oct. 16, 2018 A Photographic Life - 25: Plus Susan Meiselas
In episode 25 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is considering why so much online photographic discussion is filled with …
Oct. 9, 2018 A Photographic Life - 24: Plus Brian Duffy
In episode 24 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott considers writing and photography. The use of captions and the provision …
Oct. 2, 2018 A Photographic Life - 23: Plus Tom Oldham
In episode 23 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the transferable skills of a photographer, …
Sept. 25, 2018 A Photographic Life - 22: Plus Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen
In episode 22 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering unexpected events, inspirations and situations, the …
Sept. 18, 2018 A Photographic Life - 21: Plus Burk Uzzle
In episode 21 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott introduces a new feature to the podcast in which photographers recall …
Sept. 11, 2018 A Photographic Life - 20: Plus Emma Blau
In episode 20 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the differences between personal, commissioned and …
Sept. 4, 2018 A Photographic Life - 19: Plus Rob Hudson
In episode 19 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering portrait photography competitions, a recent editorial …
Aug. 28, 2018 A Photographic Life - 18: Plus Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert
In episode 18 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering memory in photography, the practice of …
Aug. 21, 2018 A Photographic Life - 17: Plus Jenny Lewis
In episode 17 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering mentoring, advice and support for and …
Aug. 14, 2018 A Photographic Life - 16: Plus Brian David Stevens
In episode 16 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the importance of communication and inclusivity …
Aug. 7, 2018 A Photographic Life - 15: Plus Marc Vallée
In episode 15 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the cost of a Magnum photo …
July 31, 2018 A Photographic Life - 14: Plus Kitt Woodland
In episode 14 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the art of publishing when sharing …
July 24, 2018 A Photographic Life - 13: Plus Tom Stoddart
In episode 13 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the recent RPS Hundred Heroines initiative …
July 17, 2018 A Photographic Life - 12: Plus Craig Aitkinson/Cafe Royal Books
In episode 12 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the importance of photographer experiences and …
July 10, 2018 A Photographic Life - 11: Plus Laura Beltrán Villamizar
In episode 11 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the relationship between music and photography, …
July 3, 2018 A Photographic Life - 10: Plus Al Brydon
In episode 10 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the importance of collaboration and drawing …
June 26, 2018 A Photographic Life - 09: Plus Ed Kashi
In episode 9 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed and considering paid for portfolio reviews, the …
June 19, 2018 A Photographic Life - 08: Plus Nick Turpin
In episode 8 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed and considering the wellbeing and issues of …
June 12, 2018 A Photographic Life - 07: Plus Ella Murtha
In episode 7 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed and considering photographic degree shows, photographs as …
June 5, 2018 A Photographic Life - 06
In episode 6 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed and considering the relevance of awards and …
May 29, 2018 A Photographic Life - 05
In episode 5 of this new series of podcasts UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is back in his shed …
May 22, 2018 A Photographic Life - 04
In episode 4 of this new series of podcasts UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in Toronto, Canada talking …
May 15, 2018 A Photographic Life - 03
In episode 3 of this new series of podcasts from a shed, in a garden somewhere in England. UNP founder …
May 10, 2018 A Photographic Life - 02
In episode 2 of this new series of podcasts from a shed, in a garden somewhere in England. UNP founder …
May 3, 2018 A Photographic Life - 01
In this first of a new weekly series of podcasts from a shed, in a garden somewhere in England. UNP …