Category: Photo Talk

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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’. ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...