In this third episode of a new monthly conversation series Grant Scott speaks with editor, writer and curator of photography Bill Shapiro. In an informal conversation each month Grant and Bill comment on the photographic environment as they see it. This month they reflect on the importance of the photo book to photographers today, expectations, sustainability and the importance of understanding the publishing environment.
*You can find the article written by Bill and mentioned in this episode here: www.esquire.com/entertainment/books/g41694396/best-photo-books-fall-2022/?utm_campaign=socialflowTWESQ
Bill Shapiro served as the Editor-in-Chief of LIFE, the legendary photo magazine; LIFE’s relaunch in 2004 was the largest in Time Inc. history. Later, he was the founding Editor-in-Chief of LIFE.com, which won the 2011 National Magazine Award for digital photography. Shapiro is the author of several books, among them Gus & Me, a children’s book he co-wrote with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and, What We Keep, which looks at the objects in our life that hold the most emotional significance. A fine-art photography curator for New York galleries and a consultant to photographers, Shapiro is also a Contributing Editor to the Leica Conversations series. He has written about photography for the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, Vogue, and Esquire, among others. Every Friday — more or less — he posts about under-the-radar photographers on his Instagram feed, where he’s @billshapiro.
After fifteen years art directing photography books and magazines such as Elle and Tatler, Scott began to work as a photographer for a number of advertising and editorial clients in 2000. Alongside his photographic career Scott has art directed numerous advertising campaigns, worked as a creative director at Sotheby’s, art directed foto8magazine, founded his own photographic gallery, edited Professional Photographer magazine and launched his own title for photographers and filmmakers Hungry Eye. He founded the United Nations of Photography in 2012, and is now a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator: Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, and a BBC Radio contributor. Scott is 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), and What Does Photography Mean To You? (Bluecoat Press 2020). His photography has been published in At Home With The Makers of Style (Thames & Hudson 2006) and Crash Happy: A Night at The Bangers (Cafe Royal Books 2012). His film Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay was premiered in 2018.
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Elizabeth Avedon: Is a photography book and exhibition designer, independent curator and writer and is a sought after consultant for photographers; editing, sequencing, and advising towards their exhibition, book, and portfolio projects. She serves as faculty for both the BFA Photography and Video, and Masters in Digital Photography departments at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Ms. Avedon is the former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe; Creative Director for The Gere Foundation; Art Director for Polo Ralph Lauren national advertising; and Photo Editor for Ralph Lauren Media’s RL Magazine. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her exhibition design and publishing projects, including the retrospective exhibition and book, Avedon: 1949–1979 for the Metropolitan Museum of Art NY and Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Richard Avedon: In the American West for the Amon Carter Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago; and exhibition designs for the Estate of Diane Arbus, the Menil Collection, Houston and the Leica Gallery, New York. Along with leading advanced photo-editing and photography book design workshops, Elizabeth continues to participate as a reviewer in many international portfolio reviews including: the Icelandic Photography Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland; the Landskrona Foto Festival Review in Sweden; the New York Times Portfolio Reviews; Review Santa Fe; FilterPhoto Festival, Chicago; Photolucida, Portland. She was a juror for the prestigious 8th Edition Carmignac Fondation Photojournalism Award in Paris and juried the 22nd Annual Peter Urban Legacy Exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography. Avedon has been a contributor for many years to Paris based La Lettre, Le Journal de la Photographieand L’oeil de la Photographie, and in 2017, she received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Griffin Museum of Photography.
Katie Clifford: Is the Editorial Director of Gost Books. https://gostbooks.com
David Eustace: www.davideustace.com
Dafydd Jones: www.dafjones.com
Chris Floyd: www.chrisfloyd.com/not-just-pictures/
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). His film Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay was first screened in 2018 www.donotbendfilm.com. He is the presenter of the A Photographic Life and In Search of Bill Jay podcasts.
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