PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 155: Photographers Tatsiana Chypsanava and Esther Ruth Mbabazi

In episode 155 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering the curse of the pedant within photography, embracing the new, and photography on television.

Plus this week photographers Tatsiana Chypsanava and Esther Ruth Mbabazi take on the challenge of supplying Grant with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which they answer the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’

Belarusian born Tatsiana Chypsanava is a documentary photographer currently based in Nelson, New Zealand. She is a  member of Women Photograph and has been a multiple winner and finalist in the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of The Year Awards. In 2020 Chypsanava was commissioned to create images by the Wellcome Photography Prize in which alongside four other international photographers she created a body of work for their COVID-19 Anxiety Project. Her images have been published and exhibited internationally. https://tatsiana-chypsanava.format.com

Esther Ruth Mbabazi was born in Uganda in 1995 and is now based in Kampala. Her documentary work explores changing conditions on the African continent, with a focus on the social, physical and emotional aspects of daily life. Mbabazi is a National Geographic Explorer, a Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow and a contributor to Everyday Africa. She is one of six photographers in the 2020 cycle of the World Press Photo 6×6 Africa. Her work has received support with grants from the Pulitzer Center, National Geographic, Magnum Foundation and the IWMF. www.esthermbabazi.com

You can hear Grant on the BBC Radio Gloucestershire Photo Clinic as mentioned on this week’s episode here after the first hour www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09bgyqr

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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, documentary filmmaker, BBC Radio contributor 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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