In episode 73 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the recent deaths of Robert Frank, Peter Lindbergh and Fred Herzog. He also questions our expectations of showing photography.
Plus this week photographer Paul Weinberg 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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Paul Weinberg is a South African-born documentary photographer, filmmaker, writer, curator, educationist and archivist. He began his career in the early 1980s working for South African NGOs, and photographing current events for news agencies and foreign newspapers. He was a founder member of Afrapix and South, the collective photo agencies that gained local and international recognition for their uncompromising role in documenting apartheid, and the popular resistance to it. From 1990 onwards he increasingly concentrated on feature rather than news photography. Since then Weinberg has built up a large body of work which portrays diverse peoples, cultures, and human environments ‘beyond the headlines’. Work that demonstrates a sustained engagement with indigenous people throughout southern Africa, particularly in rural settings. His images have been widely exhibited and published, both locally and abroad. He has also initiated several major photographic projects, notably Then & Now, a collection of contrasting images by eight South African photographers taken during and after apartheid, which is travelling the world. In 1993 Weinberg won the Mother Jones International Documentary Award for his portayal of the fisherfolk of Kosi Bay on South Africa’s northern Natal coast. He has taught photography at the Centre of Documentary Studies at Duke University in the United States, and holds a master’s degree from the same university. He is currently senior curator of visual archives at the University of Cape Town, and lectures in documentary arts at the same university. Weinberg founded, with David Goldblatt, the Ernest Cole Award for creative photography in southern Africa. paulweinberg.co.za
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.
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