PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 148: Photographer Hugh Hales-Tooke

In episode 148 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering what makes a professional photographic practice, the importance of reading to photography, making friends and what a small world the photographic world is.

Plus this week photographer Hugh Hales-Tooke 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?’

Hugh Hales-Tooke studied painting at art school before completing an MFA in 1981 at Syracuse University, New York. After graduating, he moved to New York and found work as a photo assistant, which is when he began learning about photography. In 1989 he returned to England to find work as a photographer and was hired by the designer Paul Smith. He worked for Paul Smith for several seasons in the 1990s photographing his main clothing collection as well as additional projects in Japan. This led to him working for Manner Vogue and Details magazine in America who offered him a contract, The New York Times magazine; G.Q., Vanity Fair, Interview, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and many more magazines. He made portraits for the Guggenheim Museum and the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival and was nominated for a Grammy for the photography used in the CD package of Jewel’s Pieces of You. Recently he has been making videos for musicians such as Emma Swift, Robyn Hitchcock and Laura Cantrell. www.hughhales-tooke.net

You can view Hales-Tooke’s video for Emma Swift’s recording of Bob Dylan’s Queen Jane Approximately here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R94s8vxi9A&feature=emb_logo

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

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