PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 244: New Year’s Special with Bill Shapiro

In this extended episode, editor, writer and curator of photography Bill Shapiro and UNP founder and curator Grant Scott suggest some photographic wishes for 2023 reflecting on mentorship, open access photography, Instagram, archives, and young and not-so-young photographers. Grant also marks the passing of the photographers we have lost in 2022.

Bill Shapiro
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 MagazineVanity Fair, the AtlanticVogue, and Esquire, among others. Every Friday — more or less — he posts about under-the-radar photographers on his Instagram feed, where he’s @billshapiro.

Dr.Grant Scott
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.

Those We Have Lost in 2022
Aisha Bada
Steve Schapiro
René Robert 
Kohei Yoshiyuki 
Larry Herman
Brent Renaud
Hiram Maristany
Sumy Sadurni
Doris Derby
Tim Page
Harold Chapman
Dirck Halstead
Hiram Maristany
Maksim ‘Max’ Levin 
Patrick Demarchelier
Jerry Uelsmann
Mantas Kvedaravicius 
Doris Derby
Letizia Battaglia
David Leeson
Denis Straughan
Ron Galella
Kurt Markus
Steve Gonzales
Jimmy Fox
Lourdes Grobet
Natalia Lach-Lachowicz
Tsuneko Sasamoto
Fred Lyon
Sandy Sharp
Neil Kirk
William Klein
Roger Bamber
Melvin Sokolsky
Roxanne Lowit
Lisetta Carmi
Brendan Farrell
Dave Caulkin
Eamon McCabe
Stan Kistler
Rodney Graham
John Gaps III
Peter Eleveld
Martin Evening

© Grant Scott 2023

1 comment

  1. One wonders if their name would ever be mentioned in a similar list after after passing. I guess one needs to be visible, with a noteworthy work… I don’t even have a single print hung on the wall 🙂

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