In episode 104 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on the use of ‘low-fi’ equipment in broadcasting during the pandemic, the need for free initiatives to continue after the lockdown has finished and the possible birth of a new ‘Punk’ aesthetic.
Plus this week photographer Reuben Wu 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?’
Reuben Wu is a photographer, director, music producer and member of the band Ladytron. Born in Liverpool to parents from Hong Kong, he grew up in north-west England and trained in Industrial Design at Sheffield Hallam University. Reuben met Daniel Hunt in Liverpool in 1994 and formed Ladytron in 1999, along with Mira Aroyo and Helen Marnie. Wu graduated in 1997 and finished his MSc in 1998 at the University of Liverpool and worked as an industrial designer until going full-time with the band in 2002. Wu began to document his travels on tour with the band with photography and when the band took a break in 2012 he was able to focus full-time on his own creative output. He has since created images for GE, Apple’s ‘Shot On iPhone’ campaign, Jaguar Land Rover, Google and the record label Interscope amongst others. In 2019 his work was exhibited as part of Aeroglyphs & other Nocturnes at the PhotoEye Gallery, Santa Fe, 2019, The Photography Show presented by AIPAD with PhotoEye Gallery, New York City, NY and the GROUP SHOW also at the PhotoEye Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. https://reubenwu.com/home
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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.