PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 164: Plus Photographer Jason Langer

In episode 164 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering transferable skills, film making, finding answers with photography and challenging the status quo.

Plus this week photographer Jason Langer 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?’

Arizona born American photographer Jason Langer’s love of photography dates back to his childhood in Ashland, Oregon.  Groomed on a Mamiya C330 twin-lens reflex, he developed his work in a makeshift darkroom cum hall closet in his family home before moving on to more advanced technology at the University of Oregon, where he earned a degree in photography.  Following graduation, Langer worked as an apprentice and printer for some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most renowned photographers, including Ruth Bernhard, Arthur Tress, and Michael Kenna, who became a lifelong mentor and friend. Langer descends from a tradition of photographers—George Krause, Ralph Gibson, Roy deCarava, Bill Brandt, Matt Mahurin—who photograph what is physically happening in the world, but a world in which the unexpected appears for brief glimpses before returning to generally accepted social norms. Langer’s work has appeared in numerous publications including American Photo, Life, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time, and Vanity Fair.  In addition, his in the permanent and private collections of the Rutgers University, Sir Elton John, Sir Mick Jagger, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Zimmerli Art Museum. He has published three monographs: Secret City (2006), Possession (2013) and Twenty Years (2015). He is currently working on a fourth book titled Berlin. Langer is also a sought-after photography mentor, having taught at the Academy of Art University for 12 years and Santa Fe Workshops since 2014. www.jasonlanger.com 

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Dr. 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

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