PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 28: Plus Photographer Kenneth Jarecke

In episode 28 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the relationship between photography and music, the importance of inspiration from multiple sources, making your own rules and the need for commitment in storytelling.

Plus this week photographer Kenneth Jarecke 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?’


Kenneth Jarecke is an American photojournalist, author, editor, and war correspondent. He has worked in more than 80 countries and has been featured in LIFE, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated magazines amongst many others. He is a founding member of Contact Press Images, and is notable for making the iconic image of a burnt Iraqi soldier that was published in The Observer newspaper in 1991.

Jarecke moved to New York City to pursue his dream of being a photojournalist. Still a teen, he landed in New York with minimal experience and talked his way into meeting Sports Illustrated editor, Barbara Hinkle. She encouraged him to start shooting in colour rather than black and white. He then met David Burnett and Robert Pledge of Contact Press Images at a photography workshop and subsequently became a founding member of Contact Press. 

Jarecke was a White House photographer in the Ronald Reagan years and covered the demonstrations in Tiananmen Square in 1989, the first Gulf War, and nine Olympic Games since 1988. He currently resides on a ranch in Montana. www.kennethjarecke.com

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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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