PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 9: Plus Ed Kashi

In episode 9 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering paid for portfolio reviews, the art of commissioning and the importance of being challenged as part of the learning process

Plus this week photographer and filmmaker Ed Kashi 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?’

You can read Grant’s views on paid for portfolio reviews here https://unitednationsofphotography.com/2016/03/31/dont-pay-i-wont-pay-for-a-portfolio-review-this-is-why/

Ed Kashi is a critically acclaimed photojournalist who uses photography, filmmaking and social media to explore geopolitical and social issues that define our times. He is also an educator and mentor to photographers around the world and lectures frequently on visual storytelling, human rights and the world of media.

Ed has covered topics as diverse as the impact of oil in Nigeria, the protestant community in Northern Ireland, the lives of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, the impact of an aging society through his project, Ageing in America, climate change, the plight of Syrian refugees, and the global epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease among agricultural workers. A member of VII Photo Agency since 2010, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.

His early adoption of hybrid visual storytelling has produced a number of influential short films and in 2015 he was named Multimedia Photographer of the Year. A leading voice in the photojournalism world, Kashi frequently lectures on a wide range of topics for arts institutions, universities, schools and professional organizations. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide, receiving numerous awards and honors. Through his editorial assignments and personal projects Kashi has published eight books, including Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger DeltaTHREE, and Photojournalisms.

In 2002, Kashi in partnership with his wife, writer + filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media.  The non-profit company has produced numerous award-winning short films, exhibits, books, and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues. Kashi is also on the Board of Directors of the Catchlight Foundation. https://edkashi.com

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and on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/a-photographic-life/id1380344701

Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer in Professional Photography at the University of Gloucestershire, a working photographer, and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Focal Press 2014) and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Focal Press 2015). His next book #New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in January 2019.

His documentary film, Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay will be screened across the UK and the US in 2018.

© Grant Scott 2018


  1. So true Grant. If I were ever asked my opinion on something, I would feel that I’m honored to have been looked up to.

    As a budding Documentary Photographer/ Visual Storyteller, I’m struggling with not having anyone to talk to about my photographs. I just have people commenting “Nice” on my Instagram profile which is good but I don’t like to be praised so often if you know what I mean. How would I improve without the correct critique?

    1. My suggestion is to reach out to the photographer’s whose work you admire and seek constructive feedback from them alongside photo-editors, art directors and anyone whose experience you respect. Good luck!

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