PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 91: Plus Photographer Roger Stowell

In episode 91 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the importance of accepting and admitting failure, accepting research as part of your photography and the fact that analogue photography is not defined by the darkroom. 

Plus this week photographer Roger Stowell 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?’

Roger Stowell has worked as a professional advertising and editorial photographer since 1968. After leaving Portsmoth Art School in the UK with a diploma in Fine Art he began assisting the photographer Clive Arrowsmith, before being sacked for being a hopeless assistant. He went on to photograph fashion and portraits for magazines including the legendary Nova, and interiors for Sir Terence Conran’s retail store Habitat, before beginning to work as a food, wine and lifestyle based photographer in 1985. During his long career he has worked editorially for most of the main magazines in London including Elle, Marie-Claire, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Observer, Telegraph Supplement, Red, Olive, BBC Good Food, Tatler, Homes & Gardens, Food & Travel, Sainsbury’s and Taste. During the 1990’s he directed commercials and created advertising campaigns for clients including Heinz, Maggi, Nestle, Kellogs, Little Chef, Dolmio, HP Sauce, Weight Watchers, Sainsbury’s, Schweppes and many others. In 2001 he moved to rural France where he continues to create food based images and hold photography workshops. He has created two books documenting his life in France, Eating at La Moussire and Simply Fed. Every day Roger posts images of the food he has cooked on his Instagram page @rogerstowell.35. rogerstowell.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 book New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography was 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 2020



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