In episode 60 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering photography and its relationship with the creative arts, the importance of knowing and breaking rules and Martin Scorsese, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Revue. 

Plus this week photographer Chris Floyd 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?’

Chris Floyd is a British photographer born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. He started taking photographs when he was 14 and moved to London in 1990 to pursue a career in photography having completed a BTec Photography course. As a young photographer, he took photographs of The Orb, which appeared in the music magazine Select. In 1994, he started working for Loaded magazine as well as The Face and Dazed & Confused as his photography began to become strongly associated with the era of ‘Britpop’. He is known chiefly for his celebrity portraiture and reportage, although he also works creating short films. His photographic work has been published in The Sunday Times Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, American and British Esquire, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Harpers Bazaar, GQ, Wallpaper* and The Guardian Weekend magazine. He was selected for the National Portrait Gallery, London Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize in 2008 and 2013. In 2011, he exhibited and self-published his series of 140 portraits of Twitter users, One Hundred and Forty CharactersChris has also photographed advertising campaigns for international brands such as Apple, British Airways, Sony and Philips. As a director he has produced moving image work for Avis, Anthropologie, Mr Porter, Space NK, Topshop, UBS, The Smithsonian and a Christmas TV campaign for Debenhams. www.chrisfloyd.com

Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator: 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 can now be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd47549knOU&t=3915s.

© Grant Scott 2019

 

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