PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 118: Plus Photographer Aaron Turner

In episode 118 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the importance of the ‘back story’, the need for photography to listen, and calls for a sense of balance within the photographic community. He also reflects on street photography during lockdown and Paul Fusco’s RFK funeral train images.

Plus this week photographer Aaron Turner 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?’

ROY DECARAVA, Hallway, New York, 1953
Hallway, New York, 1953. Roy DeCarava.

Above: The image mentioned by Aaron in this week’s episode.

You can read more about Roy DeCarava’s here: www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/09/23/roy-decaravas-poetics-of-blackness

Aaron Turner was born in 1990 and is a photographer and educator currently based in Arkansas, U.S.A who uses photography to pursue personal stories of people of colour, in Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas. He also uses a view camera to create still life studies on the topics of race, history, blackness as material, and the role of the black artist. In 2014 Aaron founded a curatorial project titled Photographers of Color to aggregate the historical and contemporary work made by artists of colour working in lens-based media. He is currently developing the Center for Photographers of Color within the School of Art at the University of Arkansas in the form of a Post MFA Research Fellowship appointment with teaching duties.  Aaron received his M.A. from Ohio University and an M.F.A from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and participated in the 2018 Light Work Artists-in-Residence at Syracuse University. He is currently working on two books Primal Sight, and Monograph: Black Alchemy Vol. 1 & 2. www.aaronturner.studio

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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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