In episode 194 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on photography as evidence of important events, what it takes to get commissioned and why you don’t need to buy more cameras and lenses.
Plus this week photographer Frederic Aranda take’s 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?’
Self-taught portrait photographer Frederic Aranda was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1980 and came to the UK over 20 years ago to undertake a degree in Japanese at Oxford University. He has been based in London ever since and is known for a colourful but pared-down form of portraiture and group portraits for clients such as Vanity Fair and Patek Philippe, Harrods. Two books of his work have been published, Electric Fashion in 2017 and California Elegance: Portraits From the Final Frontier in 2021. He has had three solo exhibitions of his work in London, the most recent of which was in the Raphael Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Aranda was given a Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society in 2021 and his work has also been recognised by the International Photography Awards, the RPS International Photography Exhibition and The Swiss Photo Award. Aranda was also a finalist in the Sony World Photography Awards and the Aesthetica Art Prize. Last year his work was part of a group show on Holocaust Survivors living in the UK at the Imperial War Museum, London. https://fredericaranda.com
Dr. Grant Scott is the 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).
Podcast music: Written and performed by Dr. Laura Ritchie www.lauraritchie.com
© Grant Scott 2022