PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 21: Plus Photographer Burk Uzzle

In episode 21 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott introduces a new feature to the podcast in which photographers recall ‘Photo Stories’ from their careers and considers the setting of achievable expectations for projects, work and careers, informal mentorships and the building of useful archives.

Plus this week legendary photographer Burk Uzzle recalls making the iconic image at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 that became the cover for the album of the event, the poster for the film of the event and the defining image of a cultural phenomenon.


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Woodstock, 1969. Burk Uzzle

Initially grounded in documentary photography when he was the youngest photographer hired by LIFE magazine at age 23, Burk Uzzle’s work grew into a combination of split-second impressions reflecting the human condition during his tenure as a member of the Magnum Photo agency. For 15 years, Uzzle was an active contributor to the evolution of the organization and served as its President in 1979 and 1980. During the 16 years he was associated with Magnum, he produced some of the most recognizable images we have from Woodstock to the assassination and funeral of Martin Luther King Jr. to the experience of Cambodian war refugees.  www.burkuzzle.com

Portrait of Burk Uzzle ©Lissa Gotwals

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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

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