In episode 50 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the various skill and digital demands made of a photographer in the 21st Century and the importance of writing within a photographic practice. 

Plus this week photographer Alys Tomlinson 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?’

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Vera: From the project Ex Voto by Alys Tomlinson

Having grown up in Brighton in the UK, Alys went on to study English Literature and Communications at the University of Leeds. After graduating, she moved to New York for a year and was given her first commission by Time Out magazine, before returning to London to study photography at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She has recently completed a part-time MA in Anthropology of Travel, Tourism and Pilgrimage at SOAS, University of London, which connects with her long-term, personal project concerning pilgrimage. Alys combines commissioned work for editorial, design and advertising clients such as the BBC, Bloomsbury Publishing, Condé Nast, 
The Guardian, Harvey Nichols and Penguin Books, with personal work, which she publishes and exhibits. Amongst many awards she was named Sony World Photography Awards, Photographer of the Year in 2018, shortlisted at the 2019 Rencontres d’Arles, New Discovery Award, exhibited as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London in 2017, won the Magenta Foundation/Flash Forward, in 2008 and shortlisted for the 2003 Jerwood Photography Award. She is also a visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins (UAL) and Ravensbourne College of Art & Design. www.alystomlinson.co.uk

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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 2019. He is currently work on his next documentary film project. He is currently work on his next documentary film project Woke Up This Morning: The Rock n’ Roll Thunder of Ray Lowry.

His documentary film, Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay has been screened across the UK and the US in 2018 and will be screened in the US and Canada in 2019.

© Grant Scott 2019

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