Category: Interviews

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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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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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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 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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ARCHIVE VIDEO: Bruce Gilden: WYNC Culture: Street Shots

A short film that documents Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden hunting for images on the streets of New York City. “I’m known for taking pictures very close, and the older I get, the closer I get”.  Bruce Gilden was born in 1946 in Brooklyn, New York and works as a street photographer. He is best known for his close-up portraits of people ...

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ARCHIVE VIDEO: Cindy Sherman: Nobody’s Here But Me (1994)

New York based artist, Cindy Sherman, is famous for her photographs of women in which she is not only the photographer, but also the subject. She contributed her own footage to this programme by recording her studio and herself at work with a Hi-8 video camera. It reveals a range of unexpected inspirations for her work from ...

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Interview with the Federation for the Exhibition of Photography

Over the past decade, the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography has produced shows that have appeared in more than 35 countries around the world. In this interview Todd Brandow, FEP’s Executive Director, discusses the group’s drive to present images in communities that might not ordinarily have access to compelling images. Sean: You started this project ...

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Michael Dvorak Interview

I admire the isolation in these images from Michael Dvorak. Working on the fringes of events held primarily in his native Minnesota, he has recorded moments of characters far away in their own worlds. It is an endearing look at family – be it his own or the communities of the sub-cultures he finds.  In ...

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Interview with Michael Torosian, Lumiere Press

Devoted exclusively to photography and working in the fine press tradition, the books made by Canadian printer Michael Torosian are composed in lead, hand-printed and hand-bound. Over the years, these publications have been acquired by more than 100 public institutions, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The International Center of Photography, New York; and ...

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ARCHIVE VIDEO: Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks, 2000

Gordon Parks was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director. He is best remembered for his photographic essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film, Shaft. At the age of twenty-five, Parks was struck by photographs of migrant workers in a magazine and bought his first camera, a Voigtländer Brillant, for $12.50 at a Seattle, Washington, pawnshop. The ...

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AUDIO: Podcast with Alicia Bruce/Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained

This series of podcasts has been created to accompany the launch of Grant Scott’s book Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained. Alicia Bruce Alicia Bruce is an award winning Scottish photographer who explores community, environment and the politics of space. She studied Photography, Film and Imaging at Edinburgh’s Napier University, graduating in 2006. Alicia’s photographs ...

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AUDIO: Podcast with Jim Mortram/Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained

  This series of podcasts has been created to accompany the launch of Grant Scott’s book Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained. Jim Mortram J.A Mortram is a documentary photographer and environmental portraitist based in East Anglia, United Kingdom. Jim’s work is centred on creating an expansive long-form photographic essay titled Small Town Inertia ...

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AUDIO: Podcast with Jim Stephenson/Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained

This series of podcasts has been created to accompany the launch of Grant Scott’s book Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained. Jim Stephenson Jim Stephenson is a photographer and film-maker concerned with the documentation of architecture, interiors and the built environment. In the past few years, Jim’s work has taken on a documentary-style edge as ...

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AUDIO: Podcast with Niall McDiarmid/Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained

This series of podcasts has been created to accompany the launch of Grant Scott’s book Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained. Niall McDiarmid Niall McDiarmid is a London based portrait photographer whose personal work focus’s on the documentation of the British population. Niall’s first book, Crossing Paths, A Portrait of Britain was published in November ...

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AUDIO: Podcast with Peter Dench/Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained

This series of podcasts has been created to accompany the launch of Grant Scott’s book Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained. Peter Dench Peter Dench is represented by Reportage by Getty Images and works primarily in the editorial, portraiture, video and advertising fields of image making. He is a keen and astute observer of human ...

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ARCHIVE VIDEO: Man Ray, A Film by Jean-Paul Fargier, 1998

During his career Man Ray allowed few details of his early life or family background to be known. He even refused to acknowledge that he ever had a name other than Man Ray. He was in fact born Emmanuel Radnitzky in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. in 1890. In July 1921, he went to live and work in Paris, France and settled in the Montparnasse quarter. Shortly after ...

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FILM: Duffy ‘The Man Who Shot The Sixties’, 2009

The Man Who Shot The Sixties was created by his son Chris as a tribute to Brian Duffy, who passed away in May 2010. Duffy 1955 began freelancing as a fashion artist for Harper’s Bazaar. It was here that he first came into contact with photography. Inspired by the photographic contact sheets he saw passing through the art director’s desk ...

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ARCHIVE VIDEO: Horst P. Horst Interview, 1981

Horst is best known for his fashion images and portraits, but he was also an accomplished for interior’s and still -life photographer. His work frequently reflected his interest in surrealism and his focus on the the ancient Greek ideal of physical beauty. His method of work typically entailed careful preparation, but his instructions to models are remembered as being brief and to the ...

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ARCHIVE VIDEO: Andre Kertesz, 1983

In 1983 the BBC aired a series titled Master Photographers in which some of the greatest names in photography were interviewed including Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. In this episode Andre Kertesz speaks about his work and life. André Kertész born Kertész Andor, was a Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and the photo essay. In the early years of ...

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ARCHIVE VIDEO: Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank, 2005

  Gerald Fox’s 2005 documentary Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank, features the legendary American photographer and filmmaker looking back on his life and photographic travels. It was commissioned by the BBC as part of the South Bank Show Series presented by Melvyn Bragg. Frank is the photographer who created The Americans, a look at ...

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VIDEO: Niall McDiarmid ‘Crossing Paths’

In early 2011, photographer Niall McDiarmid began the Crossing Paths project, taking portraits of people he met as he travelled across Britain. In the three years since,he has photographed more than 800 people, travelled over 50,000 miles and stopped at more than 120 towns right across England, Scotland and Wales. After a temporary break he is back on ...

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ARCHIVE VIDEO: Ansell Adams ‘The Photographer’ Narrated by Beaumont Newhall, 1958

This film made in 1958 came at the end of a particularly productive decade for Adams. In 1952 he was one of the founders of Aperture magazine. He was also a contributor to Arizona Highways, a photo-rich travel magazine and his article for the title on Mission San Xavier del Bac, with text by longtime friend Nancy Newhall, had been enlarged into a book ...

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ARCHIVE VIDEO: Don McCullin, ‘Redundant Warrior’, 1992

This television documentary was made for the UK based ITV network in 1991. Don McCullin – Redundant Warrior focus’s on McCullin’s work, his reflections upon that work, the effect his career has had upon his life and state of well-being and how he has learned to cope with what he has witnessed and how he and why he turned his ...

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FILM: David Bailey on Cecil Beaton, 1971

Photographer David Bailey was an early migrant from the still to moving image as this short film made for UK television in 1971 demonstrates. This film is not only a meeting of photographic generations it also acts as a time capsule of the London scene at the time featuring models Penelope Tree, Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, artist David ...

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ARCHIVE VIDEO: Photographer Raymond Moore ‘Every So Often’

Raymond Moore (1920 – 1987) was an important post-war English art photographer. Born in Wallasey, then part of Cheshire, he served in the RAF and then trained as a painter at the Royal College of Art. After graduating, he was asked to set up a photography department at Watford College. Moore became interested in photography at a time when photography was still viewed in Britain as ...

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AUDIO: A Conversation with the Makers of the Interactive Documentary ‘Hollow’

Hollow is an interactive documentary that merges cinematic techniques with web-based storytelling to encourage a dialogue about the issues that small-town America faces. The project examines the lives of 30 individuals living in McDowell County, W.Va., an area that is representative of many boom-and-bust areas across the country. McDowell County has lost almost 80 percent ...

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Miniclicks Talks, the University of Gloucestershire: Editorial & Advertising Photography and The UNP Invent Photo Speed Dating

The University of Gloucestershire, Editorial & Advertising Photography  BA Hons and The Miniclick Photography Talks are joining together on Thursday May 8th to present an evening of photography advice speed dating. Set amongst the student’s graduation show at The Coningsby Gallery, London, attendees will have the chance to have five minutes with some of the leading folk ...

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Martin Parr Interview

Photographer Peter Dench travelled to the south west of England to meet Martin Parr for for tea, cake, and a general chit chat. This is the written proof of that encounter… I am looking at cakes. There are many cakes to choose from: coffee and walnut cake, chocolate fudge cake, lemon roll, chocolate roll, even ...

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The Agent

Becky Lewis has been working at Art + Commerce, one of the most powerful and prestigious image making representative agencies in the world, for over 23 years. As Grant Scott discovered when speaking with her, there are few people as well informed in the industry to stake a case for the agent and explain how ...

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Marcus Bleasdale Interview

Photographer Peter Dench has been a close friend to the award wining photo-journalist Marcus Bleasdale for many years. Here he brings us a personal and intimate insight into the fiercly passionate photographic world of a championing voice.  There is no greater love than that between two heterosexual men. The silver screen is testament to this: ...

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Jim Mortram Interview

“If it wasn’t for the people in the project, my camera would just be an expensive paperweight,” says Jim Mortram. The 40-year-old photographer is talking from his home just outside Dereham in Norfolk. It’s the eponymous location of his Market Town project, which he started less than two years ago. Initially a response to his ...

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Susan Meiselas Interview

Susan Meiselas speaks exclusively to the United Nations of Photography founder and editor Grant Scott. Susan Meiselas was born in 1948 and is an American documentary photographer, who has been associated with Magnum Photos since 1976 and a full member since 1980. Her works have been published in The New York Times, The Times, Time, ...

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W.M.Hunt Interview

W.M. Hunt is a photography collector, curator and consultant who lives and works in New York. He was a Founding partner of the prominent photography gallery Hasted Hunt (now Hasted Kraeutler) in Chelsea, Manhattan, and former director of photography at Ricco/Maresca gallery, Hunt has been collecting photography for over 35 years and is a professor at the School of Visual ...

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Podcast 1: Photographer & MINICLICK Founder Jim Stephenson Talks To The UNP

In the first of our podcasts we talk with architectural photographer and founder of the MINICLICK photographic events and talks in Brighton, East Sussex Jim Stephenson. UNP curator Grant Scott speaks to Jim about how and why he created Miniclicks and its subsequent success, how he utilised social media, the growth of a new photographic ...

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Anthony Mandler Interview

Photographer Anthony Mandler has made the crossover into feature films. Having shot countless music videos for artists such as Jay-Z, Rihanna and The Killers, he is now set to direct the long-awaited movie Vlad. Here he talks to Sean Samuels, about what it’s really like to work in the film industry. Sean Samuels: You are ...

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Chris Munro Interview

Chris Munro is one of the world’s leading soundmen. His CV features films such as Black Hawk Down, The American, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes, Chocolat . So it’s no surprise that he is the ‘go to’ man when it comes to getting the sound on film right. ...

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Gareth Edwards Interview

“If you’d asked me when I was 16, or even 18, how my life was going to pan out, I would have said that I was going to have made my first feature film by the age of 23. I was very naive about the whole thing. The reality of the film industry hit me ...

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Making A Film From Stills

Upon seeing the work of photographer Joseph Szabo, who documented the essence of American teenage life in the 1970s and 1980s, filmmakers David Khachatorian and George P. Pozderec knew immediately they had a story to tell. Reminded of their own youth growing up in Queens, New York, the directors felt passionately for the project and ...

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Kai Hattermann Interview

Kai Hattermann makes films that people love to share; they bounce around the internet like rubber balls. The German-born motion designer-turned-filmmaker started his career shooting on video cameras, but nowadays he’s a big fan of DSLRs. “I’ve been shooting with them for two or three years,” he says. “Of course, there are other options but ...

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Riot Cinema Collective Interview

In a digital age, where doors are slowly opening for independent filmmakers, Riot Cinema Collective has stormed in and kicked them off their hinges. This year will see the Spanish collective’s first feature film, The Cosmonaut, released on the same day in cinemas, on television and free to view on the internet. The project, which ...

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Ross McDonnell Interview

It’s two days before the Corona Cork Film Festival and Ross McDonnell is working on his new documentary short Remember Me, My Ghost, which he has to submit in just 48 hours. Despite the pressing deadline, the Dublin-born imagemaker is calm; he’s making the most of the transatlantic time zones that separate him and California-based ...

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Andrea Arnold Interview

Andrea Arnold has an Oscar, two BAFTAs and two Jury Prizes from Cannes cluttering up her mantelpiece at home, making her one of the most garlanded of contemporary British filmmakers. Despite this, in conversation, she is amazingly self-deprecating. Indeed, her success seems to have taken her rather by surprise; perhaps because, in some ways, it ...

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Micro Budget Filmmaking Explored

In a café in Soho, director Drew Cullingham and two of his fellow filmmakers are convincing me of the merits of low budget filmmaking. Actually, ‘low budget’ is an embellishment; their recent film Monk3ys, which won the Raindance Best Microbudget Feature category in 2011, was made for £500. Their latest film, Black Smoke Rising, was ...

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Chris Floyd Interview

There was a time when photographers would hang out at the lab to find out what was happening, but these days we find ourselves alone at our desks wondering if we’re the only ones waiting for the phone to ring. Now, social media channels like Twitter are giving us new ways to reach out to ...

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Richard Parry Interview

As a cameraman and member of the legendary Frontline Television News cooperative, Richard Parry has always ignored convention and followed his principles when it comes to film making. Here he tells Eleanor O’Kane why he still prefers to work in a state of independence. Richard Parry is telling me about his recent holiday. Usually such ...

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Timothy Greenfield Sanders Interview

Timothy: I graduated from Columbia University in New York in Art History, which I had been forced to take as they didn’t have film as a choice in those days. I was obsessed with filmmaking but there were no film schools in America in 1970 except Boston University and my high school guidance councilor said ...

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Wolf Suschitzky Interview

eBOOK DOWNLOAD: Wolfgang Suschitzky was born on the 29 August 1912 in Vienna, in what was then Austria-Hungary. Suschitzky’s first love was zoology, but he realised he could not make a living in Austria in this field, so instead, influenced by his sister, he studied photography. Around this time, the political climate in Austria changed from ...

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Kurt Markus Interview

EBOOK DOWNLOAD: The work of Kurt Markus is instantly recognisable. It is powerful, enduring and, in the early 1990s, consistently graced the pages of the world’s most famous magazines. In a conversation with Sean Samuels, he reflects on his career, filmmaking and what has become of the American West. Sean: Your wife mentioned earlier that ...

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Danny Wilcox Frazier Interview

Danny Wilcox Frazier’s images should come with a warning. Immediately provocative, they may haunt you long after you have stopped looking at them. Thrown into a line-up of other documentary photographers’ work, they are recognisable straightaway. Lyrical, engaging and foreboding all at once, they are a triumph of reportage and command me to find out ...

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Steve Pyke Interview

eBOOK DOWNLOAD: Grant Scott: Steve, I’d like to talk about stillness. Your work to me expresses the essence of stillness. Steve Pyke: You mean the portraits and the still life, all of my work? Grant: Yes, all of it. You seem to have remained true to the history of photography and portraiture, going back to ...

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Mary Ellen Mark Interview

eBOOK DOWNLOAD: Mary Ellen Mark is one of the most revered and important portrait photographers in the world today. Her husband Martin Bell is an acclaimed filmmaker. Together over the last four years they have recorded the American prom. Grant Scott spoke to them both individually about the project that has resulted in a book, ...

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Paolo Roversi Interview

eBOOK DOWNLOAD: Italian born Paolo Roversi has lived in Paris since 1972; for the past 40 years he has been, with little debate, one of the most important, influential, independent and in-demand photographers working within the fashion industry and still is today. A long time…. admirer of his work, Grant Scott, caught up with him ...

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Jocelyn Bain Hogg Interview

Jocelyn Bain Hogg (JBH) is sweating. He reaches for a small bottle of Trumper’s Extract of Limes and depresses a cooling mist. A polka-dot Paul Smith handkerchief is flourished from the pocket of his Adam of London suit to dab the beads from his lofty brow. I sip my can of Heineken. It’s touching 28°C ...

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Homer Sykes Interview

I’m sat in the local Camden pub of international thriller writer Tom Knox (Sean Thomas). We are drinking a second bottle of rosé discussing success; his father is the critically acclaimed English poet, translator and novelist D M Thomas; he lives in a decent house in Cornwall with his current wife who is younger than ...

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John Pawson Interview

John Pawson is one of the world’s leading architects best known for his minimalist approach to all of his work. But as architectural photographer Jim Stephenson discovered Pawson is also an obsessive and accomplished photographer. Architecture is a profession that tends to lend itself well to obsession. John Pawson is an architect, renowned for his ...

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Gregory Crewdson

Gregory Crewdson is a photographer whose work reworks the American suburb into a stage set for the inexplicable, disconcerting and often disturbing. In creating what he calls ‘frozen moments’, he has developed a process akin to the making of a feature film. Operating on an epic scale, he uses a large crew to shoot and ...

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Christopher Anderson Interview

Christopher Anderson was born in Canada in 1970 and grew up in West Texas. He first gained recognition for his pictures in 1999, when he boarded a handmade wooden boat with Haitian refugees trying to sail to America. The boat, named the Believe in God, sank in the Caribbean. In 2000, the images from that ...

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Bob Adelman Interview

eBOOK DOWNLOAD: Bob Adelman’s work has documented Andy Warhol’s Factory, the Civil Rights Movement, small town America and the life of a pimp but, as Sean Samuels discovered, his work is deeply influenced by all genres of visual creativity.  Sean: Tell me about your love for the art world and how you think this influenced ...

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Jerry Berndt Interview

“I never went after my CIA files, but I am sure I made a small contribution to their paperwork,” comments Jerry Berndt confidently while he searches his desk for the dossier the FBI did make on him. “If I find it, I’ll send a copy over,” he promises me. As riotous now as I imagine ...

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Saul Leiter: In No Great Hurry

Saul Leiter was a pioneer in the use of colour within photography throughout the Fifties and Sixties who continues to work from his New York studio. Tomas Leach is a London based film maker who wanted to create a documentary featuring the reclusive Leiter. The resulting film as Jim Stephenson discovered is a moving, sensitive ...

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How To Make A Book

Gereon Wetzel and Jörg Adolph are German freelance filmmakers. Gerhard Steidl is the powerhouse behind the photographic book publishing company Steidl. Together they are responsible for creating one of the most engaging, passionate, funny, revealing, sensitive and essential films anybody interested in photography or photography book-publishing could see. The How To Make a Book project ...

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Magnum Contacts

To many, the concept of the contact sheet is one of irrelevance; an artefact of the past; proof of photographic creation from another age. But to Grant Scott, the contact sheet holds more relevance today than it has for many years. He put his personal theories concerning the contact sheet to Kristen Lubben; associate curator ...