There is a renewed interest today in created photography and the world of spirits, ghosts and the supernatural but physical proof of such entities is rarely evidenced. A fascination with photographing the after-life and manipulated photography can be traced back to the early days of the medium, when Victorian photographers claimed to repeatedly capture proof that those that had passed remained among us. In this special episode UNP founder and curator Grant Scott uses research first completed by Bill Jay to explore the world of those photographers who claimed to photograph those that we cannot see.
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.
All music written and performed by Professor Laura Ritchie © Laura Ritchie 2018
Image: “The Haunted Lane,” a stereograph showing a ghost frightening a boy and a man. Created in 1889 by Melander and Bro.
© Grant Scott 2023