PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 157: ‘Birthday Special’ Plus Photographer David Eustace

In episode 157 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on some of the key themes, dreams and schemes that have developed over the last 157 episodes.

Plus this week photographer David Eustace 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?’

Photographer and Director David Eustace left school aged 16 and undertook various jobs including on a Royal Navy Minesweeper and as a prison officer, at HM Prison Barlinnie in Glasgow. At 28, he returned to full time education as a mature student and studied photography at Edinburgh Napier University. For the following 8 years he was primarily based in London creating celebrity portraits for GQ, Vogue and Tatler magazines as well as international advertising clients. In 2001 he based himself in New York and in 2008 he participated in USA Networks high profile Character Project for which he traveled Highway 50 from the Pacific to the Atlantic.  In 2009 he was invited to launch Anthropologie’s Who Inspires Us online arts initiative and decided to go on a road trip with his daughter, Rachael to create a journal that would celebrate love, family, hope, inspiration and a personal family bond. On the success of this project he was asked in 2010 to create another portfolio in Scotland titled Highland Heart. In 2011 he was honoured with an Hon Dr of Arts by Edinburgh Napier and in 2012 and 2014 Panasonic based their national Lumix TV and print campaign around his work and featured him in their cinema and tv commercials. Eustace’s work has been exhibited in both private galleries and national museums, and he was the subject of a 30 minute BBC documentary. In 2015 he was the first photographer to have an exhibition in The Scottish Gallery’s 173-year history and in the same year he became Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University. In 2020 he exhibited two exhibitions in Glasgow: Unique NYC Polaroids at SWG3 and Mar a Bha at The Royal Glasgow Institute for The Fine Arts. He currently serves on The Scottish Government’s Creative Industries Advisory Group. http://www.davideustace.com

You can view David’s TedTalk mentioned in this week’s episode here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEZ7cl0Oa3g

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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).

Grant’s 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

1 comment

  1. I went through a faze of being fascinated by Eustice; how he achieved the precision and quality of his work and his reasons to go from a top New York photographer to living in Edinburgh. He’s remarkably open and you can learn a lot from looking at his work and listening to what he has to say.

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