Tag: portrait photographer

Above: Portrait of Phillip Mould OBE 
© Grant Scott 2016

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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Portrait Photography Made Simple, or Not!

I have long believed that the most important quality that a portrait photographer requires is an interest in people. A desire to talk but most importantly to listen. To feel confident enough in technical ability to not allow it to dominate the creative process. In short to demonstrate empathy, to document a person as they truly ...

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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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OPINION: Post-Production Should Be In The Past

A few months ago I judged a photography competition that led to me writing this article. I judged over 300 images online covering a wide range of approaches, subject matter and aesthetics but one particular issue shouted out to me loud and clear and it was that of post-production, of Photoshop, of manipulation. It would be ...

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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 ...

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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!) ...

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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 ...

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ARCHIVE FILM: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Pen, Brush and Camera 1999

Born in Chanteloup, Seine-et-Marne, Henri Cartier-Bresson developed a strong fascination with painting early on, and particularly with Surrealism. In 1932, after spending a year in the Ivory Coast, he discovered the Leica – his camera of choice thereafter – and began a life-long passion for photography. Taken prisoner of war in 1940, he escaped on ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Portrait Document Part 3

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Harry Borden, Chris Floyd, Jenny Lewis and Laura Hynd hosted by Dr.Sharon Harper. In this film they discuss the importance of personal work to their creative practices and the inspirations for that work, their relationships with the commissioning process and with the creation of portrait based imagery.  To see part ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Portrait Document Part 2

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Harry Borden, Chris Floyd, Jenny Lewis and Laura Hynd hosted by Dr.Sharon Harper. In this film they discuss the importance of personal work to their creative practices and the inspirations for that work, their relationships with the commissioning process and with the creation of portrait based imagery.  To see part ...

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FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Portrait Document Part 1

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Harry Borden, Chris Floyd, Jenny Lewis and Laura Hynd hosted by Dr.Sharon Harper. In this film they discuss the importance of personal work to their creative practices and the inspirations for that work, their relationships with the commissioning process and with the creation of portrait based imagery.  This talk was ...

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REVIEW: Bettina Who? Bettina Rheims at Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

For a long time I was under the mistaken impression that Bettina Rheims was German. For a start, I know several Bettinas and they’re all German. Also, “Rheims” – if you pronounce it “RrrrHAYMs” – sounds Deutsch. Plus, her photographs of women, with their disintegrating outfits, silky – if occasionally scarred – flesh, and “fuck-me-no-fuck-you” expressions, ...

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In Conversation: Steve Pyke

Leicester-born portrait photographer Steve Pyke started out working for NME and The Face in the early 1980s. Today he is the staff photographer for The New Yorker – a position he was awarded after Richard Avedon died – has been made an MBE and is one of the most important portrait photographers of our time. ...

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What is Portrait Photography?

I recently commented on social media that an image of a dog created in a studio with the dog’s steady gaze firmly directed toward the photographer’s lens was a portrait. This comment produced a series of increasingly heated responses stating that the image I had described as a portrait could not be a portrait as ...

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VIDEO: An Evening With David Eustace

Last month the founder and curator of the UNP Grant Scott travelled up to Glasgow to host an audience with professional photographer and film maker David Eustace at Street Level Photoworks. Their conversation ranged from the art of being commissioned to the creation of photobooks, from creating a personal language to the importance of painting in David’s photography and ...

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REVIEW: Alice Springs at Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

Alice Springs and Jacques Henri Lartigue, two of the most high-profile figures of 20th-century photography, have a couple of things in common. The obvious one is that they are both the subjects of retrospective exhibitions currently at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. The less obvious is that both became photographers by chance. ...

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Photo Dispatches: Photographer Talks Bristol: David Eustace 22nd September 2015

We are pleased announce that our first speaker is photographer, film director and star of the Lumix Panasonic cinema ads David Eustace. David will be discussing his career, work, inspirations, work process and his recent career spanning retrospective book I Write To Tell You Of A Baby Born Yesterday….The evening will also include a question ...

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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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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 ...