In episode 75 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the mental impact working as a photographer can have and offers some simple advice on how to look after yourself. He also reflects on the recent upsurge in analogue film photography and recommended podcasts for photographers.
*The app Grant mentions in this week’s podcast is the Headspace app. www.headspace.com
Plus this week photographer Toby Binder 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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Toby Binder was born in 1977 in Esslingen, Germany and studied at the Stuttgart Academy of Art and Design between 1999 and 2005. He soon focused his photography on social and political topics documenting situations shaped by travelling, talking and spending time with people. The majority of his work is connected to young people such as the documentation of child-labour in Bolivia, children defamed as witches in Nigeria and children from areas of war coming to Germany for medical treatment. Now based in Argentina and Germany he continues to work on assignments and personal projects where he finds his subjects in post-war and crisis situations as well as in the mundane aspects of daily life. His book Wee Muckers: Youth of Belfast, was published by Kehrer-Verlag in March 2019. His work has been awarded and nominated internationally, including for the Sony World Photo Awards and the Nannen-Preis in 2017. The same year he received an Honorable Mention at the UNICEF Photo of the Year Awards. He is a member of Anzenberger Agency and is represented by Fotogloria. www.toby-binder.de
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
Without detracting from Toby Binder’s photography in ‘Wee Muckers’, I have to correct a misleading impression in the introduction for those who might not be familiar with the area.
“If I had been born at the top of my street, behind the corrugated-iron border, I would have been British.”
This is emotive nonsense. Belfast is not, and never has been, a divided city in the way that Berlin was before the wall came down – split in half and governed by different regimes. If Mr. McVeigh was born in Belfast he is, by definition, a citizen of Northern Ireland and, by extension, British. Whether he likes it or not. He may “identify as” Irish and by the laws of Ireland he is entitled to an Irish passport, just like everybody else born in the northern province, but his “whole idea of” himself comes from his environment and what he was taught from birth.
To be clear, this book deals with enclaves within Belfast that have to be kept apart to stop the residents from killing each other. They do not represent the rest of that modern city any more than South Central L.A. represented that metropolis in the last half of the 20th century.
Disclosure: I was born in Northern Ireland and spent the first 22 years of my life there. I have lost people I knew, on both “sides”, to the psycopaths on both sides. I left at my first opportunity and have never regretted that decision.
Thanks for your informed response.