PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 152: Photographer Mona Kuhn

In episode 152 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering NFT’s, photography, the digital art market and the importance of having fun. He also has some thoughts on recent events staged on Clubhouse to share.

Plus this week photographer Mona Kuhn takes on the challenge of supplying Grant with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which she answer’s the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’

Born in São Paulo, Brazil to parents of German ancestry, Mona Kuhn began taking photographs at age 12, when her parents gave her a Kodak camera for her birthday. She moved to the United States in 1992 to attend Ohio State University and then furthered her studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. Kuhn’s first monograph titled Photographs was published by Steidl in 2004 which was followed by Evidence in 2007. Her next project, released in 2010, was a return to her homeland of Brazil, with a series titled Native and an accompanying monograph of the same name. In 2011, Kuhn released her Bordeaux Series, also with a monograph published by Steidl. Kuhn has released three monographs, including She Disappeared into Complete Silence and Bushes & Succulents . Her most recent book Works was published this month by Thames & Hudson. In addition to fine art photography, Kuhn has an extensive career with fashion and editorial work. She has collaborated with both Chanel and Dior and photographed for numerous publications, including Numéro, Le Monde, Harper’s Bazaar, and W. Since 1998, she has been an independent scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. her work is held in several collections including the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum and the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Mona Kuhn lives and works in that city. www.monakuhn.com

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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