Month: January 2016

VIDEO: Interview with Tom Stoddart, 2016

Tom Stoddart began his photographic career on a local newspaper in his native North-East of England. During a long and varied career he has witnessed such international events as the war in Lebanon, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the election of President Nelson Mandela, the bloody siege of Sarajevo and the wars against Saddam Hussein ...

ARCHIVE: Interview with Walter Iooss

For almost 40 years sports photographer Walter Iooss has been shooting top athletes for Sports Illustrated. He also shoots the magazine’s renowned Swimsuit issue. Julia Molony talked to him to discover how he went from being a sports fan with a camera to being dubbed by Vanity Fair magazine as ‘the luckiest photographer on earth’. ...

In Conversation: Steve Pyke

Leicester-born portrait photographer Steve Pyke started out working for NME and The Face in the early 1980s. Today he is the staff photographer for The New Yorker – a position he was awarded after Richard Avedon died – has been made an MBE and is one of the most important portrait photographers of our time. ...

In Conversation: Oliviero Toscani

Sex, disease, war, religion, AIDS and racial injustice. No issue was taboo for the legendary Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani when it came to advertising the Benetton brand. Jesper Storgaard Jensen spoke to the photographer who decided to use his camera as an instrument for political and social change. Toscani looks relaxed. In his studio, there’s a poster-sized, ...

Multimedia Week Podcast: TheUNP, Photography, Moving Image and The Future…

Founder, curator and editor of the United Nations of Photography Grant Scott spoke recently with D J Clark presenter of the Multimedia Week Podcast about the changing landscape of photography, the history of photographic adoption of the moving image and the future for both, as well as the teaching of moving image to young photographers ...

Art Kane

Art Kane was born Arthur Kanofsky on April 9, 1925, into a Bronx world of refugees from Czarist pogroms. He grew up fascinated by snakes and escaped to Manhattan as soon as he could. “Life is downtown, man, not uptown,” he said. “Nothing but immobility uptown. Downtown is action and yellow-haired beauties.” He studied at ...

ARCHIVE: In Conversation with Don McCullin

I’m driving through Somerset on a grim, cold January morning to meet Don McCullin. Somerset is bleak and the trees are stripped bare of their leaves. The landscape lacks the mood and drama of McCullin’s photographs of Somerset, but still, it feels like I am driving through one of them. The roads get narrower, the ...

Interview with Chris Buck

  Chris and I have been discussing the unique way he sees the world. We’ve talked about actor Mickey Rourke, the Los Angeles Chief of Police and why he would love to photograph actress Jessica Alba, but now I focus on Chris’s creative imagination and the source of his ideas. I wonder why advertising and ...

ARCHIVE: Interview with John Bulmer

  There are certain photographers from the sixties that everyone knows; there are others who only those in the know are aware of. John Bulmer falls firmly into the second category. At the height of his career in 1970, when both he and Don McCullin were contracted to the Sunday Times Magazine, he walked away from ...

ARCHIVE: Interview with Brian Duffy

Brian Duffy was one of the Holy Trinity of 1960s photography – Bailey, Donovan and Duffy. Fellow photographer Don McCullin called them the “enfants terribles”. They were ferocious in their approach to the subject. Working-class kids who took on the establishment. But, they were three very different characters. Donovan was the wit, Bailey was creative ...

I’m a Photographer and I Have a Problem…

  We were sent this personal anonymous account by a photographer who wanted people to read his story. We read it and decided to post it to encourage debate and thoughts on his experiences as well as your own. I took my last picture as a professional photographer on the 21st December 2006. I was walking ...

In Conversation: Jake Chessum

London born, New York based photographer and filmmaker Jake Chessum’s naturally spontaneous and exuberant approach to photography has led to a long and varied career. His timeless and engaging celebrity portraits have appeared in many prestigious magazines and the range of celebrities he has been commissioned to shoot span the worlds of film, politics, sports and music and ...

In Conversation: Albert Watson

Albert Watson is one of the most successful photographers of the past 40 years. He has created many iconic images and his pioneering work has graced the covers of countless magazines across the world. Sean Samuels spoke with him to discuss his style, creative process and approach to the business.
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VIDEO: Interview with Jim Mortram, 2016

Jim Mortram told the UNP in 2012 that “If it wasn’t for the people in the project, my camera would just be an expensive paperweight”. The 40-year-old photographer who lives and works just outside Dereham in Norfolk, the eponymous location of his Market Town project. Initially a response to his own personal situation, his searing images ...

ARCHIVE VIDEO: Fay Godwin, Paesaggi (Landscape)

Fay Godwin was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany with a British diplomat father and an American artist mothert. Educated at various schools all over the world she settled in London in 1958. In1966 she became interested in photography through photographing her young children. In 1975 she co-authored her first book, The Oldest Road, with writer J.R.L. Anderson and exhibitions from the series toured nationally. ...

ARCHIVE VIDEO: Phillip Jones Griffiths Interview, 1993

Philip Jones Griffiths was a Welsh-born photojournalist known for his coverage of the Vietnam war. Griffiths studied pharmacy but started as a freelance photographer in 1961, traveling to Algeria in 1962. He arrived in Vietnam in 1966, working for the Magnum agency. Magnum found his images difficult to sell to American magazines, as they concentrated ...

What is Portrait Photography?

I recently commented on social media that an image of a dog created in a studio with the dog’s steady gaze firmly directed toward the photographer’s lens was a portrait. This comment produced a series of increasingly heated responses stating that the image I had described as a portrait could not be a portrait as ...