Tag: professional photography

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The New Publishing Landscape: In Conversation with Iain Sarjeant of Another Place Press

Iain Sarjeant is a photographer based in the Highlands of Scotland who founded the Another Place Press as a small independent publisher to showcase contemporary landscape photography. To date he has published nine books that explore landscape covering themes documenting the land, place, journey, city and environment from the remotest corners of the globe to the centre of the largest cities. ...

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Photography Critics, Theorists and Academic Writing: Does Photography Need Them?

Let me put my cards on the table. I came to photography as a fan. A fan of the images I saw in magazines and on record covers in the Seventies and early Eighties before starting to work as an art director on magazines in the United Kingdom. Magazines that exist to be aspirational, entertaining, ...

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What Camera Do You Use?

Any professional photographer reading this article will be all too familiar with this question. The assumption that your camera of choice will be large, expensive, complicated and the latest model is of course a natural one based on the idea of a professional tool to fulfil a professional task but how accurate is this assumption? ...

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Oi! Don’t You Understand Copyright?

A long time friend and photographer Gavin Evans, had the good fortune to be commissioned to photograph David Bowie in London back in 1995. The shoot lasted just forty minutes but produced a powerful, graphic and insightful set of studio based images – you can see the images here http://gavinevans.com/david-bowie – that have sat on Gavin’s website and in ...

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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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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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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 ...

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.

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

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Danny North, Tom Oldham and Roger Sargent hosted by John Kennedy. In this film they discuss how they began working as music photographers, the role of the photographer in collaboration with artists and the trials and tribulations of working with magazines and record companies.  To ...

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In Conversation: Gilles Bensimon

Gilles Bensimon has spent the past 40 years photographing some of the most beautiful women in the world in some of the world’s most beautiful locations, helped to define the visual identity of ELLE magazine, married and divorced Elle Macpherson and appeared on America’s Next Top Model TV show. UNP Founder and Curator Grant Scott managed ...

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Art Kane

Art Kane was born Arthur Kanofsky on April 9, 1925, into a Bronx world of refugees from Czarist pogroms. He grew up fascinated by snakes and escaped to Manhattan as soon as he could. “Life is downtown, man, not uptown,” he said. “Nothing but immobility uptown. Downtown is action and yellow-haired beauties.” He studied at ...

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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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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 ...

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Like Me, Love Me, Vote for Me, Commission Me…

We all know that there is no strict mathematical formula by which a successful image can be created. The photographic image does not and should not conform to any pre-ordained rules of success. This can be an issue for many who come to photography from other areas of practice or business who look for techniques, workflows, work process’s and ...

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Commercial Photography: The Myth Exploded!

I previously wrote an article calling for some honesty amongst the contemporary photographic art community concerning the basis of photographic practice, calling for a re-evaluation of their understanding and definition on what is most commonly referred to as ‘commercial photography’. Since then I have been inundated with requests by photographers to help them understand how to create more ...

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A Photographer’s Journal: May 2015

  In the first of a monthly series of diary entries from a working photographer; Paris based Martin Middlebrook talks about entering competitions, new projects, syndication dreams, being held hostage, unexpected exhibitions, French house prices and laying laminate flooring… Today is my birthday – I am a year older and more than a year wiser. It ...

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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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‘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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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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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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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 ...

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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