PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 140: ‘New Year Special’

In episode 140 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed taking stock, and reflecting on where photography is at the end of 2020 and making suggestions for New Year’s resolutions, based on new ways of working, learning and listening in a post Covid world. He also commemorates those photographers we have lost in the past year.

Those we have lost 2020

John Baldessari 
Richard Wisdom
Ken Cooke
Alan Raia
Frank Horvat
Robert Herman
David Pace
Ron Bennett
Chris Killip
Sayeeda Khanam
Michael Fresson
Hubert Henrotte
Paul Murphy
Mark Wilson
Jimmy Gray
Bruno Barbey
Baron Wolman
Aurelio Jose Barrera
John Loengard
Mitchell Samms
Elisa Tomaselli
Srdjan Suki
Harold Evans
Dan Budnik
Farid Khayrulin
Andrew Winning
Jeff Jacobson
Matt Herron
Santu Mofokeng
Ikko Narahara ­
Gene Young
Juergen Schadeberg
George Hallett
Dave Parker
Boris Yaro
Paul Fusco
Alan Davidson
Stuart Goodman
Victor Skrebneski
John Downing
Anthony Causi
John Pfahl
Theodore Gaffney
Robert Herman
Peter Beard
Sue Davies
Ted Grant
Bill Ray
Clive Limpkin
Astrid Kirshherr
Richard Sadler
John Pfahl
Roland Michaud
Elsa Dorfman
Li Zhensheng
Anna Blume
Chris Barham
Shea Crook
Craig Harkett
Louis Mazzatenta
Nicholas Fedak II

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 (Routledge 2014), The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Routledge 2015), New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography (Routledge 2019).

His book What Does Photography Mean to You? including 89 photographers who have contributed to the A Photographic Life podcast is on sale now £9.99 https://bluecoatpress.co.uk/product/what-does-photography-mean-to-you/

© Grant Scott 2021

Image: Ondrejk, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons


  1. Thank you, Grant for an excellent collection of informative & thoughtful podcasts from the shed. I had to look up what you meant about the Magnum issue and now see the outrageous case of the work in Bangkok, 1989 for which the photographs were available for licence for 30 years. It would be challenging to hear Photographer Harvey in your segment – ‘What does Photography mean to me.’ I like your closing remarks and in turn must ask you to take care during this difficult period. I look forward to hearing you again in 2021.

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