Photography Festivals: An Opportunity Repeatedly Missed?

I have never looked ‘down’ upon the commissioned image or venerated the ‘art’ image purely because of the status placed upon it by others. I am not interested in the ‘Is photography an art form?’ discussion or debate. My love is for all areas of photography and I respect and admire successful images wherever they come from, whoever ...

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 ...

ARCHIVE VIDEO: Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge (1989)

In this film from 1989 a camera crew follows Helmut Newton from Los Angeles to Paris, to Monte-Carlo, to Berlin, where as a youth he escaped from the Nazis in 1936. The film captures his working methods and the spirit and attitude of the Eighties fashion and celebrity world as it documents Newton on set, shooting, interviewing models, and ...

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 ...

VIDEO: Ballet: First Edition (1945) by Alexey Brodovitch

This is one of my favorite photobooks. It has it all – moving images, superb design and a great story. It stands as a one-of-a kind testament to the innovation of the photographer, Alexey Brodovitch, who created Ballet having already established a name as a respected and quite brilliant art director. An inspiration to both his peers ...

VIDEO: A Night in London: First Edition (1938) by Bill Brandt

Viewing the images in Bill Brandt’s A Night in London reminds me of Sherlock Holmes. As I turn the pages, I am transported to foggy nights in the capital city, and walks along the river by streetlight. Scenes so often portrayed in the black-and-white detective films made during the same era and starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes. The highly ...

VIDEO: Suburbia: First Edition (1973) by Bill Owens

I have had the pleasure of speaking with Bill Owens about his work, he is an inspiring image maker who even today embraces new technology and practices that enable him to continue on his mission to photograph society and it’s excesses.  Considered to be pioneering work by many photographers Suburbia is a groundbreaking, elegiac and revealing monograph of ...

VIDEO: Life is Good & Good For You in New York: First Edition (1956) by William Klein

Did William Klein know how to take photographs when he created the images that made him famous? If you asked him today he would likely answer he did not. A statement that is possibly true from a historical perspective, but definitely false when you consider the originality of his work. Born a New Yorker, but infused ...

VIDEO: American Photographs: First Edition (1938): Walker Evans

Travelling the land of the free, Walker Evans released photography in America from a cultural lockdown. By training his eye on the effects of the Depression era, he redrew the visual landscape and placed the country firmly at the center of attention. Gone was the nostalgia associated with photography. In its place were images that ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 SHOOT: Matthew Rolston/Victoria Beckham

In the fourth post of an occasional series the Founder and Curator of the United Nations of Photography Grant Scott recounts his experiences working with some of the great photographers of the last century. Here he takes us behind the scenes of a shoot with photographer Matthew Rolston and Victoria Beckham in Paris. Every Haute Couture dress is hand ...

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 ...

THE SHOOT: Jeanloup Sieff/Elle Macpherson

In the third post of an occasional series the Founder and Curator of the United Nations of Photography Grant Scott recounts his experiences working with some of the great photographers of the last century. Here he takes us behind the scenes of a shoot with photographer Jeanloup Sieff and Elle Macpherson in London. After many years of admiring ...

THE SHOOT: Matthew Rolston/Demi Moore

In this second post of an occasional series the Founder and Curator of the United Nations of Photography Grant Scott recounts his experiences working with some of the great photographers of the last century. Here he takes us behind the scenes of a shoot with photographer Matthew Rolston and Demi Moore in New York. The idea was ...

THE SHOOT: Corinne Day/Patsy Kensit

In this first post of an occasional series the Founder and Curator of the United Nations of Photography Grant Scott recounts his experiences working with some of the great photographers of the last century. Here he takes us behind the scenes of a shoot with photographer Corrine Day in London. I worked with Corinne Day ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

REVIEW: Lorenzo Vitturi: Dalston Anatomy, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

  In Dalston Anatomy, Venice-born artist Lorenzo Vitturi documents Ridley Road Market,  an East End institution which is being gentrified out of existence (when it vanishes he can always come west – no chance of that ever happening to Shepherds Bush Market.) Vitturi won this year’s Photography Prize at Hyères for the project, and the exhibition ...

REVIEW: Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia, currently at the Photographers’ Gallery is curated by Olga Sviblova, founder-director of the Moscow House of Photography and probably the most forceful champion of the art of photography in Russia now. Back in the day (2010-2012) I went to many impressive exhibitions, international and local, curated by Olga at Dom Fotografiya. ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

FILM: William Klein ‘Broadway by Light’ 1958

William Klein’s first film is a study of a night in the life of New York’s iconic Broadway. It focuses on the interaction of lights and shadows, colours, shapes and forms as the camera jumps between the flashing bulbs and neon signs of Times Square’s iconic advertising and the silhouettes of men at work on theatre marquees, as they ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Nostalgia of Photography: Getting Back To My Roots…

I recently came across two images posted on Twitter by the UK based photographer Jim Mortram. They were images that instantly reminded me of what I love most about photography. They were timeless, iconic, melancholic, soulful images. They were nostalgic. They are the images that accompany this post. These images speak of a place that ...

Review: Robert Mapplethorpe, Grand Palais, Paris

Robert Mapplethorpe at Paris’ Grand Palais is comprehensive, beautifully-presented, and reverential. Actually a tad too reverential. Because Mapplethorpe died so young and such an icon (and so beautiful, and cool, and of AIDS), everything he did tends to be lionised. His nudes and flowers are, to be sure, generally magnificent and look wonderful, and that’s what ...

Part 3: The Art of Being Commissioned: Understand The Commissioner’s Position

I’ve been talking to a number of editorial magazine art directors recently and the conversations have all been tinged with a sense of doomed acceptance from their perspective. This is why. The world of traditional magazine publishing has been in turmoil in the UK for some time, dropping sales, diminishing distribution outlets and massively reduced advertising revenue ...

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 ...

AUDIO: Mary Ellen Mark Exclusive Interview

In this exclusive interview legendary portrait and documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark speaks with UNP Founder and Curator Grant Scott about her Prom and Twins projects created with a 20×24 instant film camera. She also discusses her attitude towards magazines, her working practice, the work of Irving Penn and Henri Cartier Bresson, and her working ...

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 ...

World Press Photo Multimedia Award Winners 2014 Announced

The international jury of the 2014 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest has awarded prizes in three categories: Short Feature, Long Feature and Interactive Documentary. Each category holds first, second and third prizes. 1ST PRIZE SHORT FEATURE Staff Riding ‘Staff riding’ is local slang for train surfing, and it is a widespread phenomenon in South Africa. ...

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 ...

Part 2: The Art of Being Commissioned: The Smash and Grab Conversation

I don’t need it, Don’t need your blah, blah, Should’ve realized, I know what you are. Johnny Rotten. 1976 Let’s begin with the cold hard reality of copyright understanding amongst those not involved in commissioning photography. Here is an actual conversation I have been part of on more than one occasion at more than one ...

Part 1: The Art of Being Commissioned: Little Boxes…

In the first of a series of posts the United Nations of Photography Curator and Founder Grant Scott looks at the realities of the state of photographic commissioning in 2014. Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky tacky, Little boxes on the hillside, 
Little boxes all the same. There’s a green one ...

Out of the Blackness: Thoughts on Jim Mortram’s Small Town Inertia

My words are thoughts, feelings and gut reactions to a body of work, which I believe to be one of the most important being constructed by any photographer currently working within the United Kingdom. I felt that I needed to put these words into a form, a structure. I have been aware of Jim’s work ...

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Audio: Brian Duffy in Conversation: 2010

This telephone conversation was recorded with photographic legend Brian Duffy early in 2010, shortly before he died from the degenerative lung disease pulmonary fibrosis in May of that year. In this conversation with UNP founder Grant Scott, Duffy discuss’s his career, his views on photography today, his work in the Sixties and his video and ...

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 ...

AUDIO: Martin Parr and Gerry Badger: The Photobook: History Volume III. Paris Photo 2013

This audio was recorded from the audience at the presentation given by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger at Paris Photo 2013 in which they outline the structure and themes of  their Photobook: History Volume III to be published by Phaidon in 2014. *Please note that the sound becomes louder and clearer after the introduction of ...

In Search of William Klein

Grant Scott first managed to contact and work with the iconic photographer and filmmaker William Klein in 1991. Klein has remained his favourite photographer ever since and so when the opportunity to catch-up with Klein in 2012 presented itself he was keen to meet up with his hero once again. If only everything had been ...

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 ...

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 ...

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: ...

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 ...

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

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, ...

Chris Floyd Reflects on Shooting American High School Football

London based photographer and filmmaker Chris Floyd shares his experiences and images shooting American college football in Texas. “This is your time. Go get ‘em. Go on, go get ‘em, this is your time now This is it, your time, go on now……………………” What is happening here? As each player prepares to go on to ...

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 ...

Podcast 2: Photographer Peter Dench Speaks To The UNP

In this podcast photographer Peter Dench speaks to the UNP about his forthcoming eBook publication The Diary Of A Sometime Professional Photographer: The Dench Diary. Please click on the link below to listen to the podcast. Then click on the link again when the new window opens. PODCAST LINK: Peter Dench Talks to the UNP To ...

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 ...

Build Your Own Photo Archive On Your iPad

We are now making our conversations with the world’s leading photographers and filmmakers available for download as eBooks via iTunes and the iTunes Bookstore. We are launching our eBook publishing catalogue with the In Conversation series at just 0.99p per book. We will be publishing more books throughout the year so stay tuned for news ...

Eric Swayne Remembered

Photographer Norman Parkinson famously described Bailey, Donovan and Duffy as The Black Trinity. Here Tom Swayne, the son of fellow photographer Eric Swayne, explains that for a period of time his father was as intrinsic to the London photographic scene of the Sixties and Seventies as the revered Black Trinity. My father was born in ...

The Soundscape

Practical experience allows you to use your equipment and budgets in the best ways possible and sound is one area in which there is very little room for compromise. Sound design is no longer the realm of feature films alone; although these provide the best example of the art. It can be found in everything ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Richard Dunkley Interview

Essentially I still earn my living from photography, in the form of print sales. I sell black-and-white work through two galleries and directly to mainly corporate clients and to some collectors. This is my main revenue stream. This material is really what I call Observations; that which sells is personal, negative-based black-and-white images from years ...

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 ...

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 ...

Laurie Rose Interview

“My background is in television, not in drama. I’ve worked on lots of shorts, commercials and music videos and with cameramen who have been mentors of mine; all of whom have wanted to attain the holy grail of working on a drama and shooting their own film. That’s were I come from and that’s what ...

Book Review: Jürgen Schadeberg: Great Britain 1964-1984

Born in Berlin in 1931, Jürgen Schadeberg moved to South Africa in 1950, where he spent the next 14 years of his life. As chief photographer, picture editor and art director for Drum magazine in Johannesburg, Schadeberg and the photojournalists under his tutelage were among the first to depict in print the human rights violations ...

Book Review: Three Legends: Monroe by Mailer and Stern: Norman Mailer and Bert Stern

For a set of images which were never meant to be seen, Bert Stern’s pictures of Marilyn Monroe, captured over a three-day sitting in 1962, have become some of the most viewed, recognised, promoted, packaged and repackaged of the fragile, sexual, movie actress ever taken. Stern was an advertising, portrait, fashion and publicity photographer at ...

Book Review: Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, in 1940, Arthur Tress started taking photographs while still at elementary school, before going on to study art, art history, world culture and philosophy at Bard College. Despite his studies, he never stopped taking pictures; he also began making short films. After graduating from college in 1962, his ...

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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 ...

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 ...

Book Review: On This Site: Joel Sternfeld

Between 1993 and 1996, Joel Sternfeld photographed 50 infamous crime sites around the United States. This latest Steidl book On This Site, which was originally published in 1996 contains intense colour images of these unsettlingly everyday locations, ordinary landscapes left behind after personal tragedies, their hidden stories disturbingly invisible and often forgotten. Each photograph is ...

Book Review: Ryan McGinley: You and I / Whistle for the Wind

“Whoever I’m photographing, I sort of fall in love with in a way. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a boy, it could be a girl too. In a sense, my work is about fantasy. It’s like a film in a way. It’s fiction. But, at the same time, it’s really happening. I’m with these ...

Book Review: Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles

Weegee the Famous was born Usher Fellig in the Ukraine in 1899, but when he and his family moved to New York in 1909, he became Arthur. After a succession of odd jobs he began working as a freelance photographer and as an assistant to a commercial photographer before being hired as a darkroom technician ...

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Book Review: Stranded in Canton: William Eggleston

In 1973, William Eggleston bought two Sony black and white Portapak cameras that recorded onto reel-to-reel half-inch video tape. The Portapak was the first video camera priced for the consumer market and although it was ridiculously cumbersome by today’s standards, it was the first that could be used outside a television studio. Introduced to the ...

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 ...

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 ...

Klein & Moriyama

As the Shangri-Las sang . . . the past, let me tell you about the past. Or, rather, of course, not the past but pasts. The present, too. The future, even. Dialogues across the years (and decades). The only real time travel there is, sadly. And so to the William Klein/Moriyama double-header at the Tate: ...