PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 23: Plus Photographer Tom Oldham


In episode 23 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the transferable skills of a photographer, the importance of remaining open-minded and how to remain positive throughout a long career as a photographer. As well as the resurgence in humanist photography.

Plus this week photographer Tom Oldham 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?’

Tom Oldham is a London-based portrait photographer, shooting portraits of musicians, sports stars and all sorts of talented folk in locations across the nation and worldwide. He was a winner in the 2018 BJP Portrait of Britain with Son 2,  and his latest project, The Last of The Crooners, was awarded the 2018 Sony World Photography Award for Portraits in the Professional Category. In June 2017, he exhibited his project shot in Lesotho – The Herder Boys of Lesotho, at the White Space Gallery in London. In 2016 on the longest day of the year, he stayed up for 40 hours and shot a portrait per hour from midnight to midnight, for a project called The Longest Day.

He is a founder member of the House of St Barnabas, and proudly shoot portraits of their graduates, team and guest speakers. His work has been exhibited at agencies Mother and Publicis and the Gibson Showroom in London. He also accepted into the 2015 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and the 2016 Open Series in the AoP Awards for my work with Riders For Health in Liberia. www.tomoldham.com

For those intrigued or confused by Tom’s reference to the Helsinki Bus Station Theory this link may be of use: www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/feb/23/change-life-helsinki-bus-station-theory

You can also access and subscribe to these podcasts at SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/unofphoto

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

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