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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. ...

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REVIEW: Paris Photo 2016: Day One, The Grand Palais

Interviewed this week about new developments at Paris Photo 2016, Howard Greenberg, one of New York’s most venerable photography dealers, said: “The only real problem with these works is their size. Some of my collectors have run out of wall space.”  First world problems, huh? Given that this year’s photo fair opened the day after Trump ...

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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  

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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 ...

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REVIEW: All The World’s a Stage… Performing for the Camera (Tate Modern, London) and Strange and Familiar (Barbican, London) 2016

Generally speaking, cramming two major exhibitions into one Saturday afternoon will render a person (me) glassy-eyed and reaching for a stiff drink. But once in a while OD-ing on detail – in this case hundreds and hundreds of black and white images – brings on the (possibly hallucinatory) feeling that a person can pick out ...

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REVIEW: Calling all angels: Francesca Woodman “On Being An Angel,”at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris

The quickest route between the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Fondation Cartier – two museums with confusingly similar names and confusingly similar addresses in Paris’ 14th arrondissement – is to cut across the cemetery of Montparnasse. Right in the middle of le cimetière you pass the final resting place of Susan Sontag: the critic, Francophile, ...

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A Guide to Collecting Photography

One: Find Your Passion It is my belief that buying photography should be an exciting and engaging experience, which is why every selection I curate begins with a conversation. Whether you are new to buying photography or an established collector looking to branch into new areas, I am are here to assist, and I’ve have jotted down some ...

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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 ...

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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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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: 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 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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#Photosketching: Towards a New Personal Visual Language

The visual documentation by artists of everyday observations has been at the core of creative practice since the dawning of time. The desire to record and display can be traced back through ancient civilizations as methods of communication, storytelling and artistic expression. There is nothing new about the creation of images from the visual building ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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Photo Dispatches: Photographer Talks Launches in Bristol

The UNP is pleased to announce Photo Dispatches: Photographer Talks a new monthly free event that will feature some of the world’s leading professional photographers working on both a personal and commissioned basis across all areas of photographic practice. Each event will take place at the Bristol Folkhouse, Park Street, Bristol www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk and will be free to attend. ...

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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Speaking Out: The Importance of Remaining Honest and True

In the first of an irregular series of posts, Paris based photojournalist Martin Middlebrook speaks out about the moral decisions that have to be made when it comes to post-production and selling images. I have a terrible admission to make. Yesterday I spent an hour Googling ‘Lightroom Presets’ – I feel ashamed, more than ashamed. ...

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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Garry Winogrand, Jeu De Paume, Paris, 2014: Turn the Volume UP!

I have long believed that many photographers work, influence and practice remains playing in the background at a volume that only a few can hear, influencing and informing a few but largely ignored by the photographic masses. Then an exhibition is staged such as this and the volume gets turned up. Suddenly the masses take notice. ...

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Editing is Rejection: Understanding The Editing Process

It was the photographer Chris Floyd (www.chrisfloyd.com) who first bought to my attention the notion of rejection as an intrinsic part of the editing process. Chris had just shot a series of portraits of one of my daughters and as I stood by his laptop to begin my edit he declared that he could not ...

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‘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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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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: 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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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 ...

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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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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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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

‘Hollow’ is an interactive documentary and community participatory project that examines the issues of shrinking in rural North America through the eyes and voices of those living in McDowell County, West Virginia. ‘Hollow’ combines video portraits, data visualizations, photography, soundscapes, community-generated content and grassroots mapping to bring these stories to life through an online experience.

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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: ...

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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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Filmmaking: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

I have spoken on many occasions about my personal love for the imagery, creativity and aesthetics of the decade in which I was born and (partially) grew up. Friend and colleague Peter Silverton once said to me of my obsession, that it was because I remember it as a decade in which I was happy. He ...

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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 ...