In episode 107 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering photography workshops, why photo festivals are not more fun and how the role of the gatekeeper could be different. All with the loose theme of money and funding!
Plus this week photographer Colin McPherson 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?’
Colin McPherson is a Scottish documentary photographer based in the north west of England. He began his career in photojournalism, working on assignments and commissions for the Independent newspaper and other publications for over 20 years. In recent times, he has developed his work to include longer-term projects, film-making, writing and hosting/running creative professional development courses. He is a founder member of the Document Scotland collective, through which his work has been shown at exhibitions at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Impressions Gallery in Bradford, the Martin Parr Foundation and Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow. Colin is also a member of SixBySix, a group of Merseyside-based documentary photographers who came together in 2019 to facilitate exhibitions, events and discussions about documentary photography in their part of the world and beyond. McPherson’s current work includes ongoing projects looking at a unique community of wild swimmers and chronicling the rituals of people who faithfully support lower-league football in England. www.colinmcpherson.com and www.documentscotland.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.