PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 182: Plus Photographer/Filmmaker Ross McDonnell

In episode 182 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on commissioned smartphone ‘remote’ photography, explaining usage fees to clients and being professional.

Plus this week photographer/filmmaker Ross McDonnell 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?’

You can read the interview with Ross mentioned in this episode here: https://unitednationsofphotography.com/2012/12/31/ross-mcdonnell-interview/

Ross McDonnell is a photographer and filmmaker born in Dublin, Ireland. Since graduating with a MFA in Film Production, Ross’s work has evolved into a mature storytelling voice across a range of lens based disciplines. He was recently named as a Shortlisted Artist for the the Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability, and his photographs have been exhibited at the V&A Museum, the Gallery of Photography Dublin, the Shanghai Centre of Photography and the Grand Palais at Paris Photo. Often working on self-initiated photography projects, Ross has lived and worked in Mexico, Afghanistan, Ukraine and the US and published his work in the New York Times Magazine, Time and The Sunday Times Magazine. An Emmy Award winning filmmaker for The Trade in 2021, Ross’ first film Colony premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for an Irish Academy Award. His following film as a director, Elián was filmed in Cuba and premiered at the Tribeca film festival was nominated for an EMMY Award. McDonnell’s work has screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the London BFI Film Festival and IDFA. His forthcoming film projects include Love Yourself Today as Executive Producer and The First Wave for National Geographic Documentaries on which he served as a Cinematographer & Co-Producer. His first book Joyrider, published by Thirty Nine Books and the Charcoal book club has just been released and is available now. He lives in New York. https://rossmcdonnell.com

Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, the 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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