In episode 54 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering analogue photography within education and the commissioned world, the importance of ‘technical’ knowledge in photography, the dominance of one portrait aesthetic and announcing his new role at Oxford Brookes University.

Plus this week photographer Guia Besana takes on the challenge of supplying Grant with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which she answer’s the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’

Guia Besana is an Italian self-taught photographer currently living and working between Paris and Barcelona.  After studying media and communication in Turin she began working as a photographer and moved to Paris.  Focusing on women’s issues she travelled extensively and joined the Anzenberger Agency, Vienna in 2005 and is now represented by the Anzenberger Gallery and 1968 Gallery in London. Her work is regularly published in international magazines such as The New York Times, Huffington Post, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Le Monde, Courrier International, D di Repubblica, and Esquire magazine. Her personal work has received numerous international awards and she was a finalist in the Julia Margaret Cameron Award and the Prix Leica Oskar Barnack . Her personal project Baby Blues won the Amilcare Ponchielli Grin 2012. http://guiabesana.com

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Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, from the summer of 2019 a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator for Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, 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 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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