PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 176: Plus Photographer Paul Wakefield

In episode 176 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on breadth of photographic knowledge, taking over shops on the high street, construction versus deconstruction, avoiding negative introspection and the importance of audience.

Plus this week photographer Paul Wakefield 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?’

Born in Hong Kong and educated in Hong Kong and the UK, Paul Wakefield became a landscape photographer out of a passion for nature, landscape and photography, developing a keen eye for detail from an early age, while trekking with his father in the hills of the Chinese New territories searching for birds, butterflies and snakes. He has followed a photographic trajectory marked by working outdoors often in challenging locations and won many awards for his commissions from International Advertising Agencies including a D&AD Silver Award and AOP Gold & Silver Awards among many others. He was nominated for the Prix Pictet in 2021 and his work has been exhibited in numerous galleries including The Photographers Gallery London, Saatchi Gallery, London and the Kodak Gallery Tokyo. Wakefield has published five books of photographs, three in collaboration with the travel writer Jan Morris. His monograph The Landscape won 1st Place at The International Photography Awards 2014. His next book of Signs of Devotion is to be published in India and the UK in 2022. www.paulwakefield.co.uk

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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