FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Social Document Part 1

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Tom Pilston and Antonio Olmos hosted by Grant Scott. In this film they discuss the breaking down of photographic genres, working with editorial clients and NGO’s, the art of storytelling, personal projects and the importance of storytelling in their work. 

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This talk was part of a day of talks titled Photography A Visual language: A Day of Conversation held by us in collaboration with Van Arts: Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, Canada and the Editorial and Advertising photography course at the University of Gloucestershire, UK.

Film courtesy of Reece Pickering and Tchad Findlay.

Tom Pilston began working as a freelance photojournalist in the mid-eighties. In 1989 he became a staff photographer for The Independent on Sunday and The Independent in 1996. Creating photo essays in the UK, Bosnia, Burma, Kosovo and the Sudan, his work was recognised with awards from Amnesty International, World Press Photo, Nikon and the Picture Editor’s Awards. Tom know works on a freelance basis regularly contributing to The Sunday Times Magazine, The Times and many other titles internationally such as The New York Times, Paris Match and Time amounts others. As well as working with editorial clients he also works with Oxfam, Christian Aid, Unicef and British Airways.

Antonio Olmos began his career at the Miami Herald in 1988 where he was a staff photographer for three years. He moved to Mexico City in 1991 and worked on a freelance basis covering stories for the Black Star Photo Agency. Antonio has been based in London since 1994 where he is represented by the Eyevine agency. He was the recipient of a World Press Photo Award in 2001 for his work in the Palestinian Occupied Territories and his first book The Landscape of Murder was published in 2011. As a working photojournalist Antonio works covering human rights, environmental issues and conflicts for editorial clients and leading NGO’s in the Americas, The Middle East and Africa.

Grant Scott has worked as an art director on magazines such as Elle and Tatler and has worked with professional photography and photographers for thirty years and as a photographer, writer, editor and creative director since 2000. Thames & Hudson published a monograph of his work At Home With The Makers Of Style in 2006 and he has had his images exhibited nationally and internationally. Whilst continuing to work as a photographer, he edited Professional Photographer, Photography Monthly and Turning Pro magazines before launching his own title Hungry Eye in 2011. He now edits and curates the multiple publishing platform Grant has judged many international photographic awards including the World Press Photo Multi-Media Awards, RedBull Illume Awards and Hasselblad Masters Awards and is a judge for the Food Photographer of the Year Awards 2015.
His book titled Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained was published by Focal Press in August 2014 and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography was published by Focal Press in 2015. He writes on photography for BBCNews. Grant is a Senior Lecturer on Editorial and Advertising Photography at the University of Gloucestershire.

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