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Martin Parr, Bill Jay and Tony Ray Jones…

A big thanks to Martin Parr (above) who let us into his home yesterday and allowed us to film him talking about the influence Bill Jay had on the early development of his work. Our conversation centered around a particular talk Bill gave at Manchester Polytechnic that Martin attended in the Autumn of 1971, whilst still ...

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David Hurn talking Bill Jay

A big thanks to iconic Magnum photographer and great friend of Bill Jay, David Hurn for devoting a whole day to helping us with the filming of Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay. David welcomed us into his home and spoke to us about Bill’s life and work in great depth. You can follow the ...

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FILM: Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay

We are excited to announce that our first film project titled Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay will begin filming in the coming weeks. Bill Jay was a photographer, writer on and advocate of photography, curator, magazine and picture editor, lecturer, public speaker and mentor. He was the first editor of the immensely influential magazine Creative Camera ...

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The New Publishing Landscape: In Conversation with Iain Sarjeant of Another Place Press

Iain Sarjeant is a photographer based in the Highlands of Scotland who founded the Another Place Press as a small independent publisher to showcase contemporary landscape photography. To date he has published nine books that explore landscape covering themes documenting the land, place, journey, city and environment from the remotest corners of the globe to the centre of the largest cities. ...

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Photography Critics, Theorists and Academic Writing: Does Photography Need Them?

Let me put my cards on the table. I came to photography as a fan. A fan of the images I saw in magazines and on record covers in the Seventies and early Eighties before starting to work as an art director on magazines in the United Kingdom. Magazines that exist to be aspirational, entertaining, ...

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What Camera Do You Use?

Any professional photographer reading this article will be all too familiar with this question. The assumption that your camera of choice will be large, expensive, complicated and the latest model is of course a natural one based on the idea of a professional tool to fulfil a professional task but how accurate is this assumption? ...

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Oi! Don’t You Understand Copyright?

A long time friend and photographer Gavin Evans, had the good fortune to be commissioned to photograph David Bowie in London back in 1995. The shoot lasted just forty minutes but produced a powerful, graphic and insightful set of studio based images – you can see the images here http://gavinevans.com/david-bowie – that have sat on Gavin’s website and in ...

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The Single Image Narrative: Sometimes It Chooses You

I recently wrote an article for World Press Photo exploring the issues many photographers have in creating a visual narrative with their work. In short the difficulty of finding, defining and telling a story with photographs. It seems to have hit a nerve and sparked the interest of many photographers receiving over 32 thousand views ...

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The Geometry of Photography or How I Began to Understand Portrait Composition!

The artist David Hockney recently recalled a conversation he had with Henri Cartier- Bresson to the art critic and author Martin Gayford*. Hockney said this “We first met at my drawing show in Paris in 1975. He immediately wanted to talk about drawing, as he did whenever we met after that, and I always wanted to talk about photography. ...

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Portrait Photography Made Simple, or Not!

I have long believed that the most important quality that a portrait photographer requires is an interest in people. A desire to talk but most importantly to listen. To feel confident enough in technical ability to not allow it to dominate the creative process. In short to demonstrate empathy, to document a person as they truly ...

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REVIEW: Paris Photo 2016: Narciso Contreras “Libya, A Human Marketplace”

Hôtel de l’Industrie in Saint-Germain-des-Près is a particularly civilised setting in which to tell a particularly grim story. This autumn the Hôtel hosted Narciso Contreras’ Libya, A Human Marketplace, winner of the 2016 Carmignac Photojournalism Award. It is a powerful and deeply disturbing set of images, about a horrific – and ongoing – situation. Having seen the exhibition ...

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REVIEW: Paris Photo 2016: Louis Faurer at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

For those of us not already acquainted with the work of Louis Faurer, the centenary of his birth is high time to get to know this “quiet” great of American photography. In the 1950s and 60s Faurer was a successful fashion photographer, working in New York for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Glamour, and as staff photographer for the visionary ...

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REVIEW: Paris Photo 2016: “Provoke” at Le Bal

Tucked away down a quiet alley, a few paces from the Pathé multiplex, Castorama DIY superstore, and permanently snarled traffic of Place de Clichy, Le Bal is one of those places you’re unlikely to stumble across by accident. To those in the know, however, Le Bal is an oasis of civilised calm – a bijou ...

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REVIEW: Paris Photo 2016: “Entre l’Art et la Mode”

Carla Sozzani began collecting photography in the early 70s, two decades before Paris Photo was a twinkle in anybody’s eye.  Sozzani didn’t think of photography as an investment, simply as a way of keeping “souvenirs” of her work and friends – which makes a lot of sense if your friends include Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber ...

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REVIEW: Paris Photo 2016: Day One, The Grand Palais

Interviewed this week about new developments at Paris Photo 2016, Howard Greenberg, one of New York’s most venerable photography dealers, said: “The only real problem with these works is their size. Some of my collectors have run out of wall space.”  First world problems, huh? Given that this year’s photo fair opened the day after Trump ...

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NEWS: We Are Now Contributing to Witness by the World Press Photo Foundation

We are excited to announce that you will now be able to read exclusive articles by UNP founder, curator and writer Grant Scott within the Witness publication created by the World Press Photo Foundation on Medium https://medium.com throughout 2017. You can follow Witness at https://medium.com/witness You can also follow the UNP on Medium at https://medium.com/@UNofPhoto  

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Technique Versus Feel: Explaining That Photography Is Not A Science!

A recent conversation with a young photographer and his parents placed me into a position to have to do exactly what the title of this post suggests. They asked me to give feedback on his work as he is being taught photography at school by an art teacher who had no photographic experience. This to them was an issue ...

Capturing the Essence Not Just the Seen (A Photographer’s True Story)

I was recently commissioned to shoot a portrait of a familiar too many and well-established television personality,  well-known for his erudite banter, quick witted ripostes and sartorial elegance. Those are the attributes that we as viewers would associate with him (I will not name him as that would be unfair but I will reveal that he ...

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OPINION: Post-Production Should Be In The Past

A few months ago I judged a photography competition that led to me writing this article. I judged over 300 images online covering a wide range of approaches, subject matter and aesthetics but one particular issue shouted out to me loud and clear and it was that of post-production, of Photoshop, of manipulation. It would be ...

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REVIEW: Herb Ritts, “En Pleine Lumière”: PARIS 2016

The fashion world claims Herb Ritts as one of its superstars, but he is not truly a fashion photographer. He’s a portrait photographer who shot beautiful people and made them look even more beautiful than they were to begin with. Mostly they look more beautiful when they’re not wearing many clothes. While Ritts did shoot ...

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REVIEW: Arthur Elgort at Colette: Paris 2016

While Herb Ritts is (deservedly) lionised over in Marais, another hero of photography is being celebrated in a rather more informal fashion on the rue Saint Honoré. Colette hosted the launch of Arthur Elgort’s book, Fashion, Jazz, Ballet, last week, and has an exhibition of his prints in the store until November 5th. In contrast to ...

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Over 100 Photographers Between 30 and 70 You Need To Know About!

A catchy headline I’m sure you will agree and I hope that you do not feel cheated when you realise that I have no intention of naming any photographers you need to follow whatever their age may be. You may have arrived here thanks to the headline but don’t click away too soon. This is not ...

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Why Do Publishers Want ‘All Rights’?

If you are a photographer working for publishers within an editorial environment you will be all too familiar with being pressured to sign contracts concerning the rights to your images. It is nothing new (I was regularly asked to get photographers to sign their rights away throughout the Nineties, something I always refused to do!) ...

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Who Said Photography Was Easy?

For many years as an art director I was in the position to commission photographers and photography. I chose to work with photographers whose view of lives interested me, whose life experience intrigued me, whose personalities challenged or appealed to me or who were passionate about a specific subject. All of these were important aspects in my ...

What Makes A Professional Photographer? 10 Observations

You need to be able to take rejection, rejection and more rejection of your work and still stay positive. You need to be consistent in your image making. You must have the ability and confidence to create narrative. You must be able to solve problems through visual language. You must always give the client what they ask for, what they didn't (but works best) and what you know to be the strongest image (that may or not fulfil the brief). You must be able to talk about your work eloquently and with passion. You need to understand the position of the client/curator/enabler. You must be open-minded, culturally aware and interested in stuff! You must never believe the hype but always understand the hype. You must never give in or up.

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REVIEW: “Araki” at MNAAG Paris, 2016

You step into a small, darkened room with a dense display of violently coloured glossy photographs, and are immediately assaulted by the impression of body parts. Open mouths and thighs, hair and skin and wetness and blood – all much, much larger than life and a great deal more vivid. But you’re not looking at ...

When Does The Fun Begin? Or Photo Degree Shows Why Do They Exist!

In the past I would visit degree shows with the hope of unearthing a talented young photographer perfect for me to give a break to in the form of their first commission for an established magazine. Today I visit them for different reasons. Now I am part of the photographic teaching community attempting to perform ...

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REVIEW: Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century at the V&A

Wall Street, 1915 The Paul Strand retrospective, on at the V&A until July 3rd, rewards a second visit. I’d been a few weeks ago, but the exhibition puts so much emphasis on Strand’s politics that it’s easy to be distracted from the art. His politics, it must be said, were impressive: Strand, born to bohemian parents ...

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Some Observations on What Photography Is Now…

I have just spent seven days in the North West of the Balearic Island of Mallorca staying in a town which I once lived in. The town is Soller, famed for its oranges, lemons, art nouveaux inspired architecture and a proud hard working indigenous population of small scale farmers, builders, fisherman and inevitably on Mallorca ...

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REVIEW: All The World’s a Stage… Performing for the Camera (Tate Modern, London) and Strange and Familiar (Barbican, London) 2016

Generally speaking, cramming two major exhibitions into one Saturday afternoon will render a person (me) glassy-eyed and reaching for a stiff drink. But once in a while OD-ing on detail – in this case hundreds and hundreds of black and white images – brings on the (possibly hallucinatory) feeling that a person can pick out ...

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REVIEW: Calling all angels: Francesca Woodman “On Being An Angel,”at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris

The quickest route between the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Fondation Cartier – two museums with confusingly similar names and confusingly similar addresses in Paris’ 14th arrondissement – is to cut across the cemetery of Montparnasse. Right in the middle of le cimetière you pass the final resting place of Susan Sontag: the critic, Francophile, ...

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A Guide to Collecting Photography

One: Find Your Passion It is my belief that buying photography should be an exciting and engaging experience, which is why every selection I curate begins with a conversation. Whether you are new to buying photography or an established collector looking to branch into new areas, I am are here to assist, and I’ve have jotted down some ...

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ARCHIVE FILM: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Pen, Brush and Camera 1999

Born in Chanteloup, Seine-et-Marne, Henri Cartier-Bresson developed a strong fascination with painting early on, and particularly with Surrealism. In 1932, after spending a year in the Ivory Coast, he discovered the Leica – his camera of choice thereafter – and began a life-long passion for photography. Taken prisoner of war in 1940, he escaped on ...

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ARCHIVE FILM: Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye 1980

Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye was directed by Perry Miller Adato for the PBS American Masters series, and builds on her earlier documentary work on Stieglitz’s widow, the painter Georgia O’Keefe. Having shot many reels of film showing O’Keefe talking about Stieglitz, Adato was a natural choice to direct a full-length documentary on Stieglitz. As she told ...

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Is It Still Fashionable To Be A Fashion Photographer?

The blueprint for the life and approach of the fashion photographer was drawn long ago with the release of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up in 1967. The film that launched a whole generation of testosterone filled fashion photographers eager to emulate the adventures and escapades of the lead character played by actor David Hemmings. A character allegedly ...

I’m a Photographer, Let Me In! : Opening The Door To Photo Education

Since I began working within a university teaching photography approximately three years ago I have had a steady stream of enquires from friends working as commissioned photographers asking how they could secure a position teaching the subject they have devoted a large percentage of their lives to. As time has passed my answers to their questions have evolved ...

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Opening Up The Conversation: #CClasses, The Future of the Photographic Community?

I have long spoken out about the need for those in positions of responsibility and those whose knowledge is of value within the photographic community to share their experiences and time with those who are most in need for free alongside any other form of income they may have. I have been an enthusiastic adopter of ...

Don’t Pay, I Won’t Pay For A Portfolio Review: This is Why!

For nearly fifteen years I was employed as an art director for two of the world’s leading publishers of magazines. My understanding of my role was to oversee the design of the magazines, work closely with the editor to create the identity for the magazine both visual and written, to commission the photography for the ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Commissioned Document Part 3

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographer Jonathan Gregson and art directors Fiona Hayes and Geoff Waring hosted by Grant Scott. In this film they discuss the changing relationship between the photographer and the art director/client, the changing landscape of publishing, what the art director is looking for from the photographer and what makes a good ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Commissioned Document Part 2

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographer Jonathan Gregson and art directors Fiona Hayes and Geoff Waring hosted by Grant Scott. In this film they discuss the changing relationship between the photographer and the art director/client, the changing landscape of publishing, what the art director is looking for from the photographer and what makes a good ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Commissioned Document Part 1

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographer Jonathan Gregson and art directors Fiona Hayes and Geoff Waring hosted by Grant Scott. In this film they discuss the changing relationship between the photographer and the art director/client, the changing landscape of publishing, what the art director is looking for from the photographer and what makes a good ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Fashion Document

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Chris Moore and Mitchell Sams hosted by Nilgin Yusuf. In this film they discuss the changing role of the catwalk photographer and catwalk photography, working with fashion designers and the challenges of digital capture and sharing.  This talk was part of a day of talks titled Photography A Visual ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Social Document Part 2

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Tom Pilston and Antonio Olmos hosted by Grant Scott. In this film they discuss the breaking down of photographic genres, working with editorial clients and NGO’s, the art of storytelling, personal projects and the importance of storytelling in their work.  This talk was part of a day of ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Social Document Part 1

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Tom Pilston and Antonio Olmos hosted by Grant Scott. In this film they discuss the breaking down of photographic genres, working with editorial clients and NGO’s, the art of storytelling, personal projects and the importance of storytelling in their work.  To see part 2 visit https://unitednationsofphotography.com/2016/03/22/filmtalk-photography-a-visual-language-the-social-document-part-2/ This talk was part ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Landscape Document Part 2

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Marc Wilson, Brian David Stevens and Matthew Murray hosted by Ian McGuffie. In this film they passionately discuss the highly personal inspirations for their work, their process of working, the importance of history in personal experience and the role of landscape photography as a social document.  To ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Landscape Document Part 1

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Marc Wilson, Brian David Stevens and Matthew Murray hosted by Ian McGuffie. In this film they passionately discuss the highly personal inspirations for their work, their process of working, the importance of history in personal experience and the role of landscape photography as a social document.  To ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Portrait Document Part 3

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Harry Borden, Chris Floyd, Jenny Lewis and Laura Hynd hosted by Dr.Sharon Harper. In this film they discuss the importance of personal work to their creative practices and the inspirations for that work, their relationships with the commissioning process and with the creation of portrait based imagery.  To see part ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Portrait Document Part 2

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Harry Borden, Chris Floyd, Jenny Lewis and Laura Hynd hosted by Dr.Sharon Harper. In this film they discuss the importance of personal work to their creative practices and the inspirations for that work, their relationships with the commissioning process and with the creation of portrait based imagery.  To see part ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Portrait Document Part 1

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Harry Borden, Chris Floyd, Jenny Lewis and Laura Hynd hosted by Dr.Sharon Harper. In this film they discuss the importance of personal work to their creative practices and the inspirations for that work, their relationships with the commissioning process and with the creation of portrait based imagery.  This talk was ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Music Document Part 3

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Danny North, Tom Oldham and Roger Sargent hosted by John Kennedy. In this film they discuss how they began working as music photographers, the role of the photographer in collaboration with artists and the trials and tribulations of working with magazines and record companies.  To ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Music Document Part 2

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Danny North, Tom Oldham and Roger Sargent hosted by John Kennedy. In this film they discuss how they began working as music photographers, the role of the photographer in collaboration with artists and the trials and tribulations of working with magazines and record companies.  To ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Music Document Part 1

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Danny North, Tom Oldham and Roger Sargent hosted by John Kennedy. In this film they discuss how they began working as music photographers, the role of the photographer in collaboration with artists and the trials and tribulations of working with magazines and record companies.  You ...

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EVENT: Photography A Visual Language, In Pictures…

Saturday 19th March saw our first event in collaboration with Van Arts: Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, Canada. The event titled Photography: A Visual Language was curated, hosted and promoted by UNP founder and curator Grant Scott through and was held at the Natural History Museum, London in front of a sell out audience of over two hundred. The day ...

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REVIEW: Bettina Who? Bettina Rheims at Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

For a long time I was under the mistaken impression that Bettina Rheims was German. For a start, I know several Bettinas and they’re all German. Also, “Rheims” – if you pronounce it “RrrrHAYMs” – sounds Deutsch. Plus, her photographs of women, with their disintegrating outfits, silky – if occasionally scarred – flesh, and “fuck-me-no-fuck-you” expressions, ...

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FREE EVENT: Photography A Visual Language

The United Nations of Photography are proud to announce that we are working with Van Arts: Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, Vancouver, Canada and The Editorial & Advertising Photography Course at the University of Gloucestershire to create a day of free talks, discussion and conversation focusing on photography as a visual language and visual document. So if ...

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ARCHIVE: A Brief Conversation with Elliott Erwitt…

“A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s an old cliché, but it’s true. I think you should look at pictures and not have silly explanations about why and where and so forth. Get your information visually and not by words.” Elliott Erwitt is not entirely comfortable talking about his work. He clearly feels awkward when ...

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In Conversation: Gilles Bensimon

Gilles Bensimon has spent the past 40 years photographing some of the most beautiful women in the world in some of the world’s most beautiful locations, helped to define the visual identity of ELLE magazine, married and divorced Elle Macpherson and appeared on America’s Next Top Model TV show. UNP Founder and Curator Grant Scott managed ...

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VIDEO: Interview with Tom Stoddart, 2016

Tom Stoddart began his photographic career on a local newspaper in his native North-East of England. During a long and varied career he has witnessed such international events as the war in Lebanon, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the election of President Nelson Mandela, the bloody siege of Sarajevo and the wars against Saddam Hussein ...

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ARCHIVE: Interview with Walter Iooss

For almost 40 years sports photographer Walter Iooss has been shooting top athletes for Sports Illustrated. He also shoots the magazine’s renowned Swimsuit issue. Julia Molony talked to him to discover how he went from being a sports fan with a camera to being dubbed by Vanity Fair magazine as ‘the luckiest photographer on earth’. ...

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In Conversation: Steve Pyke

Leicester-born portrait photographer Steve Pyke started out working for NME and The Face in the early 1980s. Today he is the staff photographer for The New Yorker – a position he was awarded after Richard Avedon died – has been made an MBE and is one of the most important portrait photographers of our time. ...

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In Conversation: Oliviero Toscani

Sex, disease, war, religion, AIDS and racial injustice. No issue was taboo for the legendary Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani when it came to advertising the Benetton brand. Jesper Storgaard Jensen spoke to the photographer who decided to use his camera as an instrument for political and social change. Toscani looks relaxed. In his studio, there’s a poster-sized, ...

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Multimedia Week Podcast: TheUNP, Photography, Moving Image and The Future…

Founder, curator and editor of the United Nations of Photography Grant Scott spoke recently with D J Clark presenter of the Multimedia Week Podcast about the changing landscape of photography, the history of photographic adoption of the moving image and the future for both, as well as the teaching of moving image to young photographers ...

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Art Kane

Art Kane was born Arthur Kanofsky on April 9, 1925, into a Bronx world of refugees from Czarist pogroms. He grew up fascinated by snakes and escaped to Manhattan as soon as he could. “Life is downtown, man, not uptown,” he said. “Nothing but immobility uptown. Downtown is action and yellow-haired beauties.” He studied at ...

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ARCHIVE: In Conversation with Don McCullin

I’m driving through Somerset on a grim, cold January morning to meet Don McCullin. Somerset is bleak and the trees are stripped bare of their leaves. The landscape lacks the mood and drama of McCullin’s photographs of Somerset, but still, it feels like I am driving through one of them. The roads get narrower, the ...

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Interview with Chris Buck

  Chris and I have been discussing the unique way he sees the world. We’ve talked about actor Mickey Rourke, the Los Angeles Chief of Police and why he would love to photograph actress Jessica Alba, but now I focus on Chris’s creative imagination and the source of his ideas. I wonder why advertising and ...

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ARCHIVE: Interview with John Bulmer

  There are certain photographers from the sixties that everyone knows; there are others who only those in the know are aware of. John Bulmer falls firmly into the second category. At the height of his career in 1970, when both he and Don McCullin were contracted to the Sunday Times Magazine, he walked away from ...

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ARCHIVE: Interview with Brian Duffy

Brian Duffy was one of the Holy Trinity of 1960s photography – Bailey, Donovan and Duffy. Fellow photographer Don McCullin called them the “enfants terribles”. They were ferocious in their approach to the subject. Working-class kids who took on the establishment. But, they were three very different characters. Donovan was the wit, Bailey was creative ...

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I’m a Photographer and I Have a Problem…

  We were sent this personal anonymous account by a photographer who wanted people to read his story. We read it and decided to post it to encourage debate and thoughts on his experiences as well as your own. I took my last picture as a professional photographer on the 21st December 2006. I was walking ...

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In Conversation: Jake Chessum

London born, New York based photographer and filmmaker Jake Chessum’s naturally spontaneous and exuberant approach to photography has led to a long and varied career. His timeless and engaging celebrity portraits have appeared in many prestigious magazines and the range of celebrities he has been commissioned to shoot span the worlds of film, politics, sports and music and ...

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In Conversation: Albert Watson

Albert Watson is one of the most successful photographers of the past 40 years. He has created many iconic images and his pioneering work has graced the covers of countless magazines across the world. Sean Samuels spoke with him to discuss his style, creative process and approach to the business.
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VIDEO: Interview with Jim Mortram, 2016

Jim Mortram told the UNP in 2012 that “If it wasn’t for the people in the project, my camera would just be an expensive paperweight”. The 40-year-old photographer who lives and works just outside Dereham in Norfolk, the eponymous location of his Market Town project. Initially a response to his own personal situation, his searing images ...

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ARCHIVE VIDEO: Fay Godwin, Paesaggi (Landscape)

Fay Godwin was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany with a British diplomat father and an American artist mothert. Educated at various schools all over the world she settled in London in 1958. In1966 she became interested in photography through photographing her young children. In 1975 she co-authored her first book, The Oldest Road, with writer J.R.L. Anderson and exhibitions from the series toured nationally. ...

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ARCHIVE VIDEO: Phillip Jones Griffiths Interview, 1993

Philip Jones Griffiths was a Welsh-born photojournalist known for his coverage of the Vietnam war. Griffiths studied pharmacy but started as a freelance photographer in 1961, traveling to Algeria in 1962. He arrived in Vietnam in 1966, working for the Magnum agency. Magnum found his images difficult to sell to American magazines, as they concentrated ...

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What is Portrait Photography?

I recently commented on social media that an image of a dog created in a studio with the dog’s steady gaze firmly directed toward the photographer’s lens was a portrait. This comment produced a series of increasingly heated responses stating that the image I had described as a portrait could not be a portrait as ...

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VIDEO: An Evening With David Eustace

Last month the founder and curator of the UNP Grant Scott travelled up to Glasgow to host an audience with professional photographer and film maker David Eustace at Street Level Photoworks. Their conversation ranged from the art of being commissioned to the creation of photobooks, from creating a personal language to the importance of painting in David’s photography and ...

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#Photosketching: Towards a New Personal Visual Language

The visual documentation by artists of everyday observations has been at the core of creative practice since the dawning of time. The desire to record and display can be traced back through ancient civilizations as methods of communication, storytelling and artistic expression. There is nothing new about the creation of images from the visual building ...

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The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography

This essential reference for photography students explains how to become part of the professional community. By defining professional photography today, and exploring what is expected of professional photographers, the book demystifies this often-misunderstood and misjudged career track. The easily accessible text provides readers with valuable information, inspiration and education on topics including finding your photographic ...

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Like Me, Love Me, Vote for Me, Commission Me…

We all know that there is no strict mathematical formula by which a successful image can be created. The photographic image does not and should not conform to any pre-ordained rules of success. This can be an issue for many who come to photography from other areas of practice or business who look for techniques, workflows, work process’s and ...

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How to Enter Photography Competitions and Win?

It is an inevitability that if you are an established photographer, photo editor, curator or commentator on photography with some level of visibility and profile that you will at some point be asked to judge a photography competition. Whether you say yes or no to this request is based on a series of considerations. Do ...

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Why Study Photography?

Why study photography? A simple question but not surprisingly one that has a complex series of responses. In many ways the answer you get and the satisfaction you have with that answer is based on your expectation of both photography and the academic process. Do you want to be a professional photographer who earns their ...

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Commercial Photography: The Myth Exploded!

I previously wrote an article calling for some honesty amongst the contemporary photographic art community concerning the basis of photographic practice, calling for a re-evaluation of their understanding and definition on what is most commonly referred to as ‘commercial photography’. Since then I have been inundated with requests by photographers to help them understand how to create more ...

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REVIEW: Alice Springs at Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

Alice Springs and Jacques Henri Lartigue, two of the most high-profile figures of 20th-century photography, have a couple of things in common. The obvious one is that they are both the subjects of retrospective exhibitions currently at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. The less obvious is that both became photographers by chance. ...

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REVIEW: Jacques Henri Lartigue: Life In Colours, at Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

This exhibition at MEP divides Lartigue’s colour photography into two sections. In the first part are prints and stereoscopes from 1912 to 1927, when he was experimenting with the autochrome colour process. The show then leaps two decades – when Lartigue concentrated on black-and-white – to a new body of work starting in 1949. Autochrome ...

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Photo Dispatches: Photographer Talks Bristol: Chris Duffy/What You Looking At? 3rd November 2015

We are pleased to announce our November speaker is photographer, film maker and archive curator Chris Duffy. Chris is the son of iconic photographer Brian Duffy as well as having been a successful photographer and filmmaker in his own right. Today Chris handles Brian’s estate, archiving, exhibiting and selling the work through galleries and exhibitions as well as ...

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Photo Dispatches: Photographer Talks Bristol: Chris Floyd 6th October 2015

We are pleased announce our October speaker is photographer and film maker Chris Floyd. Chris will be focusing on his portrait work and discussing his relationships with the people he photographs and his work process. The evening will also include a question and answer session giving those that attend the opportunity to speak with Chris directly. The event is free and entrance is ...

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Photo Dispatches: Photographer Talks Bristol: David Eustace 22nd September 2015

We are pleased announce that our first speaker is photographer, film director and star of the Lumix Panasonic cinema ads David Eustace. David will be discussing his career, work, inspirations, work process and his recent career spanning retrospective book I Write To Tell You Of A Baby Born Yesterday….The evening will also include a question ...

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A Photographer’s Journal: May 2015

  In the first of a monthly series of diary entries from a working photographer; Paris based Martin Middlebrook talks about entering competitions, new projects, syndication dreams, being held hostage, unexpected exhibitions, French house prices and laying laminate flooring… Today is my birthday – I am a year older and more than a year wiser. It ...

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Photo Dispatches: Photographer Talks Launches in Bristol

The UNP is pleased to announce Photo Dispatches: Photographer Talks a new monthly free event that will feature some of the world’s leading professional photographers working on both a personal and commissioned basis across all areas of photographic practice. Each event will take place at the Bristol Folkhouse, Park Street, Bristol www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk and will be free to attend. ...

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Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained

REVIEWS “I have to agree with the other reviewers here: this book is a must for anyone who is already working as a photographer or who wants to.” “Grant Scott is a highly experienced industry pro and the book contains an honest, forthright and experienced appraisal of where the industry is at in the early ...

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Talk: Photo-Forum: Cinzia D’Ambrosi and Grant Scott

Talk Thursday, June 11 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm Admission: Free Calumet 93 Drummond St, NW1 2HJ London, United Kingdom Speakers: Cinzia D’Ambrosi and Grant Scott Next week UnofPhoto founder and editor Grant Scott will be giving a talk titled What Is Professional Photography and How Does It Work? alongside photojournalist and documentary photographer Cinzia D’Ambrosi, who ...

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AUDIO: Mary Ellen Mark: 1940-2015: In Conversation

In this previously unreleased telephone call recording from 2012 Mary Ellen Mark speaks about her Prom project, Twins project, lighting, the state of editorial commissioning, working with large format cameras, collaboration and exhibiting work. The conversation is with United Nations of Photography founder and editor Grant Scott. The conversation took place at the time of her completing the Prom ...

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Photography: A Democratic Language Not An Exclusive Club…

  I recently received a tweet that contained this comment “Just because everyone has a camera these days, it doesn’t mean anyone can make a great image”. I was tempted to respond immediately but restrained myself as the limited twitter character count would never have allowed me to respond to the comment with the required ...

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Speaking Out: The Importance of Remaining Honest and True

In the first of an irregular series of posts, Paris based photojournalist Martin Middlebrook speaks out about the moral decisions that have to be made when it comes to post-production and selling images. I have a terrible admission to make. Yesterday I spent an hour Googling ‘Lightroom Presets’ – I feel ashamed, more than ashamed. ...

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Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography Now On Pre-Order

This essential reference for photography students explains how to become part of the professional community. By defining professional photography today, and exploring what is expected of professional photographers, the book demystifies this often-misunderstood and misjudged career track. The easily accessible text provides readers with valuable information on topics including self-presentation and promotion, engaging with the ...

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ARCHIVE VIDEO: Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light (1995)

This documentary tells Avedon’s story. With an eclectic blend of biographical information, his work, and his commentary upon it, the film tells his story in a non-linear way. Highlights include his description of how he persuaded a teen-age Natassja Kinski to pose naked with a large python crawling across her body and his memory of the night Marilyn Monroe came to ...

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AUDIO: Jane Bown in Conversation: 2009

This conversation was recorded with photographer Jane Bown by the curator of the United Nations of Photography Grant Scott in 2009 in the hallway of her Hampshire home. It was never intended for broadcast and therefore is not of high recording quality, however we are posting it to provide an insight into Jane’s working methods, approach ...

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VIDEO: Essential Pro Photo Tips: For Students

Pro Photo Tips: For Students is a Youtube channel featuring a series of short films specifically created for students studying photography at school, college or university. Each film is presented by photographer and university lecturer Grant Scott who brings his thirty years experience of working with professional photography and photographers to each area of photographic ...

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Garry Winogrand, Jeu De Paume, Paris, 2014: Turn the Volume UP!

I have long believed that many photographers work, influence and practice remains playing in the background at a volume that only a few can hear, influencing and informing a few but largely ignored by the photographic masses. Then an exhibition is staged such as this and the volume gets turned up. Suddenly the masses take notice. ...

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Editing is Rejection: Understanding The Editing Process

It was the photographer Chris Floyd (www.chrisfloyd.com) who first bought to my attention the notion of rejection as an intrinsic part of the editing process. Chris had just shot a series of portraits of one of my daughters and as I stood by his laptop to begin my edit he declared that he could not ...

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‘Professional Photography’ A Call For Honesty And Respect

Over the past few weeks I have had a number of conversations with photographers and those involved with photography in which they have not only displayed a condescending and ill-informed attitude towards commissioned photography but also one which demonstrates a highly tuned level of hypocrisy. I have had such conversations many times over the years ...