Category: News

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  

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

‘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 ...

REVIEW: Horst, Photographer of Style, V&A, London

The V&A’s retrospective of the 60-year career of Horst P. Horst is a marvellous exhibition, beautifully curated and presented. Alongside dozens of instantly recognisable images (the Mainbocher corset one, the nude with the harp), and a fabulous display of his Vogue covers – he shot more than 90 – are lesser-known male nudes, travel photography, and the ...

REVIEW: Peter Lindbergh, Gagosian Gallery Project Space, Paris

Two exhibitions this weekend have restored my faith in the idea of the white wall gallery as a place to see photography, and see it in a new way. This is the first: Peter Lindbergh’s 30-year retrospective at the Gagosian Gallery’s discreetly luxurious Project Space in le huitieme. The exhibition is spread over two floors. Downstairs ...

REVIEW: Hedi Slimane: Sonic, Fondation Pierre Bergé / Yves Saint Laurent, Paris

A couple of years ago, when I was Art Director of Russian Vogue, I used to design the covers and fashion stories Hedi Slimane shot for us. Among other things, this involved trying to reason with his agent about how to leave a white border of exactly one centimetre around Hedi’s photographs without cropping the photographs, ...

The UNP Photographer’s Ultimate Mixtape/Playlist

There was a time when I spent many hours creating mix tapes, now I spend even more time creating playlists so it seemed only natural to put some time aside to create a mixtape/playlist that provides a soundtrack for photographers and photography. So here it is the UNP Mixtape Volume 1! I’m sure you could ...

REVIEW: Francoise Huguier Retrospective, Paris

If Francoise Huguier didn’t exist I’m not sure you’d get away with making her up. The retrospective that’s just ended at Paris’ Maison Européene de la photographie (Pince Moi, Je Reve) was visually awesome (one of my  favourite sections was a set of five portraits of Russian women in black dresses – utterly simple and ...

REVIEW: Unedited History: Iran 1960-2014, Musée d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris

This exhibition focuses on painting, photography and cinema, as well as key aspects of Iran’s modern visual culture: posters and documentary material” – that’s a hell of a wide focus. It also covers “the years 1960–1970, the revolutionary era of 1979, the Iran-Iraq war (1980–1988) and the postwar period up until today.” All of which ...

Les Rencontres d’Arles 2014: iPhone Visual Diary by Alicia Bruce

The Rencontres d’Arles (formerly known as the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles) is a summer photography festival founded in 1970 by Arles photographer Lucien Clergue, author Michel Tournier and historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette. The Rencontres d’Arles’ policy of programming almost exclusively new work has earned it a world-wide reputation. In 2013, there were 96000 visitors to ...

Launch: Long Awaited Monograph From Photographer David Eustace

Over the last few months I have been working with photographer and filmmaker David Eustace on editing his twenty-five year archive of work to create his long awaited first monograph. The book titled I Write To Tell You Of a Baby Boy Born Yesterday… is now available on pre-order.  Scots born David Eustace worked on minesweepers and ...

Review: Kati Horna, Jeu de Paume, Paris

“I fled Hungary, I fled Berlin, I fled Paris, I left everything in Barcelona. When Barcelona fell I couldn’t go back to look for my stuff, I’d lost everything again. I arrived in a fifth country, Mexico,with my Rolleiflex in a bandolier – I couldn’t carry anything else.” – Kati Horna The third exhibition currently at ...

Review: Kapwani Kiwanga, ‘Maji Maji’; Oscar Munoz, ‘Protographies’, Jeu de Paume, Paris

The Jeu de Paume gallery, situated at the entrance to the Jardins des Tuileries in one of the prettiest locations in Paris, describes itself as “exhibiting and promoting all forms of 20th and 21st-century art (photography, cinema, video, installation, web art, etc)”. There are three exhibitions on at the moment, and between them they cover ...

Twenty Sites Recommended For Self Publishing Photographers and Photo Book Lovers

We are reportedly living and working in a ‘Golden Age’ of photo book publishing, an age in which the negative concept of ‘vanity’ publishing has been replaced with the ‘positive’ attitude of ‘self-publishing’. An age in which the photo book has become a marketing tool, collectable artefact and a financially achievable platform for so many photographic ...

Twenty Two Recommended Sites For Photographers & Filmmakers

There has been much heated discussion over the past few years concerning the importance of the moving image to the world of photography and to professional photographers. Finally, the smoke has begun to clear, the doubters have become believers and the ignorant neigh sayers have been forced to become more informed. The creative and commercial possibilities that the moving ...

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 ...

On Judging the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards 2014 Part Three: The Future Is Interactive

When it comes to judging a body of work carrying the description interactive it is important to understand what we mean by the term interactive. It is a word often used but rarely universally understood. Is it enough to embed moving image and photo galleries or photos that can be enlarged into running text? Is ...

On Judging the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards 2014: Part Two: 20 Tips When Making A Documentary Film

The process of viewing so many pieces of documentary film work created by so many people from so many countries for so many different reasons inevitably but somewhat bizarrely produces repetitive themes of construction, approach and delivery. I hate using the word ‘zeitgeist’ but it seems appropriate as somehow or other global aesthetic trends to ...

On Judging the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards 2014: Part One: The Process

Seven people from across the world are brought together. They have never met before and are placed in a long high ceilinged, second floor room with blacked out windows in Amsterdam. They are asked to make judgements on 373 pieces of work over six days. Each person has a wealth of experience and knowledge within ...

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Crash Happy On Sale Now

United Nations of Photography Curator Grant scott spent a year documenting a group of banger car racers in South London back in 2000 and the work is now to be published in a book titledCrash Happy: A Night At The Bangers by the prestigious independent publishing company Cafe Royal Books. The book is available now from their ...

Crash Happy: A Night At The Bangers/Cafe Royal Books

United Nations of Photography Curator Grant scott spent a year documenting a group of banger car racers in South London back in 2000 and the work is now to be published in a book titledCrash Happy: A Night At The Bangers by the prestigious independent publishing company Cafe Royal Books. The book is available from their website www.caferoyalbooks.com now. All ...

World Press Photo Multi-Media Awards 2014

We are really proud to announce that the founder and editor of The United Nations of Photography Grant Scott has been asked to sit on the awards jury for the 2014 World Press Photo Multi-Media Awards. The 2014 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest website is now open for entries, and they are inviting anyone who ...

The Diary Of A Sometime Working Pro…

Our first publication in print is now available. The Diary Of A Sometime Working Pro: The Dench Diary is a rollicking good read charting the last four years in the life of award-winning photo journalist Peter Dench. For more information and to purchase a copy of the limited edition publication visit http://peterdench.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/the-dench-diary-paperback-book.html