PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 82: Plus Photographer MAKIKO

In episode 82 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the use of a large format camera for news, questioning the handing out of awards, seeing in black and white and reflecting on how many images are stored on smartphones.

Plus this week photographer MAKIKO 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?’

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Above: The camera mentioned by Grant in this week’s episode. A rare mention of a camera on the podcast and an even rarer sighting of such a camera at a news event.


MAKIKO is a photographer and author who has lived, studied and worked in Japan, France, North America, Switzerland and the UK. She studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York and since 2006 her work has been exhibited in Japan, North America and Europe. In 2014, she published her first documentary/photography book based on a six-year  project Beautifully Different. In 2016, her solo exhibition titled, Paradise Revisited – A trip back to a childhood on Gunkanjima was held at the London School of Economics. Three images from the exhibition remain on permanent display at the Gunkanjima Museum, Nagaski Japan. In 2017,  she exhibited her work Trails to Prayer – a spiritual journey to the uninhabited island of Nozaki, in collaboration with the town of Ojika, Nagasaki, Japan and a compilation of work was shown titled Makiko as part of the Les Rencontres d’Arles, Voices-Off. In the same year images from her project Lunch Boxes 365 were exhibited as part of Food for Being Looked At in The Photographers’ Gallery, London. In 2018, her book Battleship Island was published by Dewi Lewis Publishing. www.makikophoto.com

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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

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