Tag: photo education

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

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

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Do Publishers Want ‘All Rights’?

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

Who Said Photography Was Easy?

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

What Makes A Professional Photographer? 10 Observations

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

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 ...

Some Observations on What Photography Is Now…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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 ...

The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography

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

Why Study Photography?

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

Photography: A Democratic Language Not An Exclusive Club…

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

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 ...

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 ...