What Does Photography Mean to Me?

A simple question but its simplicity of language is deceptive. I have discovered that the reality of such an enquiry is that it forces the photographer to whom it has been addressed to question the very essence of their relationship with a medium that provides them with a creative outlet that is a visual representation of what they think, believe, experience, and wish to convey. It also introduces reflections concerning outcome versus intent, success versus failure and recognition versus anonymity. It is a question that goes deep.

My decision to approach photographers and ask them to answer such a question was based upon a personal desire to explore my relationship with the medium of photography and visual storytelling. It seemed to be omnipresent throughout my life but I had never questioned that reality. I had never considered what it meant to me. Where had it come from and how had I sustained my passion for photography? I decided that to help me answer my own questions I would reach out to photographers and those associated with photography to see if they could help me reach some understanding through their reflections and experience.

The responses were generous, illuminating and honest. Often raw in their passion, considered in their introspection. Most importantly, themes began to develop, themes of approach, intention and desire. The consistency of these themes surprised me but also reassured me that my understanding of photography had synchronicities with the people whose images I admired and was interested in.

Storytelling  is a constant foundation for many photographers as is the importance of collaboration. Many reveal a love/hate relationship with the medium, detailing the torment they often feel as part of their photographic process. Others felt the need to place their practice today into the context of their journey, reflecting on those photographers whose words and images informed their own understanding of the medium. Some are up-beat others more melancholic in their presentation, but all are passionate, informed and engaged. Their words force the listener to stop and take stock, they force self-questioning, reconsidering pre-conceived understanding. They make you think.

Every week we ask a photographer to describe what photography means to them in less than 5 minutes as a piece of audio. This is then included within the A Photographic Life podcast.

Every Wednesday at 6.00am BST we post a new episode of the A Photographic Life Podcast. Available to listen, download and subscribe at  or via or and more…

Grant’s book What Does Photography Mean to You? including 89 photographers who have contributed to the A Photographic Life podcast is on sale now £9.99 https://bluecoatpress.co.uk/product/what-does-photography-mean-to-you/

Here is a list in order of appearance of all of the photographers who have featured so far:

Ella Murtha
www.tishmurtha.co.uk
Nick Turpin
https://nickturpin.com
Ed Kashi
www.edkashi.com
Al Brydon
www.al-brydon.com
Laura Beltrán Villamizar
Craig Aitkinson/Cafe Royal Books
www.caferoyalbooks.com
Tom Stoddart
www.tomstoddart.com
Kitt Woodland
www.kittwoodland.com

Marc Vallée
https://marcvallee.co.uk
Brian David Stevens
https://briandavidstevens.com
Jenny Lewis
https://jennylewis.net
Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert
www.jeremysuttonhibbert.com
Rob Hudson
www.robhudsonlandscape.net
Emma Blau
Burk Uzzle
www.burkuzzle.com
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen
Tom Oldham
www.tomoldham.com
Brian Duffy
www.duffyarchive.com
Susan Meiselas
www.susanmeiselas.com
Stuart Franklin
www.stuartfranklin.com
Helen Trompeteler
https://trompeteler.com
Kenneth Jarecke
www.kennethjarecke.com
David Bailey
Danny North
www.dannynorth.co
Mary Ellen Mark
www.maryellenmark.com
Michael Thompson
www.instagram.com/michaelthompsonstudio/?hl=en
Dan Wood
www.danwoodphoto.com
Philip North Coombes
www.philipnorthcoombes.com
Jim Mortram
https://smalltowninertia.co.uk
Christopher Anderson
https://christopherandersonphoto.com
Robert Darch
www.robertdarch.com
Michael Jackson
www.mgjackson.co.uk
Margaret Mitchell
https://margaretmitchell.co.uk
Amy Romer
www.amyromer.com
Brian Griffin
www.briangriffin.co.uk
Marc Wilson
www.marcwilson.co.uk
David Levenson
https://davidlevenson.com
Derek Ridgers
www.derekridgers.com
Craig Easton
www.craigeaston.com
Paolo Roversi
www.artandcommerce.com/artists/photographers/Paolo-Roversi
Rachel Boillot
http://rachelboillot.com
John Sevigny
www.johnsevigny.org
Alys Tomlinson
www.alystomlinson.co.uk

Colin Jones
www.colinjonesphotography.co.uk

Geoff Waring
www.geoffwaring.com
Elliott Landy
www.elliottlandy.com
Guia Besana
http://guiabesana.com
Katharine macadam
www.katharinemacdaid.com
Iain McKell
www.iainmckell.com
Guy Martin
www.guy-martin.co.uk
Dafydd Jones
www.dafjones.com
Fleur Olby
https://fleurolby.com
Chris Floyd
www.chrisfloyd.com
Paul Trevor
http://paultrevor.com
Sunil Gupta
www.sunilgupta.net
Amelia Troubridge
http://ameliatroubridge.com
Ian Weldon
www.ianweldon.com
Laura El-Tantawy
www.lauraeltantawy.com
Sadie Catt
www.sadiecatt.com
Paul Russell
www.paulrussell.info
Colin Wilkinson/Bluecoat Press
https://bluecoatpress.co.uk
John Angerson
www.johnangerson.com
Eduardo Soteras Jalil
www.eduardosoteras.com
Venetia Dearden
www.venetiadearden.com
Robert Trachtenberg
www.roberttrachtenberg.com
Paul Weinberg
https://paulweinberg.co.za
Elinor Carruci
www.elinorcarucci.com
Toby Binder
www.toby-binder.de
Trevor Brady
www.trevorbrady.com
Roger Steffens
Chris Harrison
www.chrisharrisonphoto.co.uk
A.D. Coleman
www.nearbycafe.com
Julie Hrudova
https://juliehrudova.com
Sebastian Meyer
www.sebmeyer.com
MAKIKO
www.makikophoto.com
Erwin Olaf
www.erwinolaf.com
Stephen Dupont
www.stephendupont.com
Alex Buisse
www.alexbuisse.com
Homer Sykes
https://homersykes.photoshelter.com
Gideon Lewin
R.J. Kern
www.rjkern.com
Oli Scarff
www.oliscarff.com
Roger Stowell
www.rogerstowellpictures.com
Seth Lower
www.sethlower.com
Anna Boyiazis
www.annaboyiazis.com
Julia Fullerton-Batten
https://juliafullerton-batten.com
Vinca Peterson
https://vincapetersen.com
Mark Neville
www.markneville.com
Jason Bell
www.jasonbellphoto.com
Pixy Liao
www.pixyliao.com
Wolfgang Susitzsky
Massimo Vitali
www.massimovitali.com
Deanna Dikeman
https://deannadikeman.com
Andrew Jackson
www.andrewjackson.photography
Ragnar Axelsson
https://rax.is
Hellen van Meene
http://hellenvanmeene.com
Jessica Backhaus
http://jessicabackhaus.com
Reuben Wu
https://reubenwu.com
Cathal McNaughton
www.cathal-mcnaughton.com
Colin McPherson
www.colinmcpherson.com
Michael Magers
https://mpmagers.com
Witold Krassowski
www.witoldkrassowski.com
Micaiah Carter
https://micaiahcarter.com
Mandy Barker
www.mandy-barker.com
Nicholas J.R.White
www.nicholasjrwhite.co.uk
Nick Wynne
www.instagram.com/nicholasthomaswynne/
Tim Davis
www.davistim.com
Danna Singer
www.dannasinger.com
Rhodri Jones
www.rhodrijones.com
Jan Töve
www.jantove.com
Ethan Hill
www.ethanhill.com
Michael Jang
www.michaeljang.com
Daniel Meadows
www.photobus.co.uk
Elin Berge
www.elinberge.com
Melissa Breyer
www.melissabreyer.com
Nicholas Syracuse
www.roadphoto.com
Greg Marinovich
https://gregmarinovich.photoshelter.com
Seamus Murphy
https://seamusmurphy.com
Clare Strand
www.clarestrand.co.uk
Nancy Borowick
www.nancyborowick.com
Yael Martínez
www.yaelmartinez.com
Robin Schwartz
www.robinschwartz.net
Olivia Rose
https://oliviarosephotography.co.uk
Eduard Korniyenko
http://eduardkorniyenko.com
Richard Beaven
www.richardbeaven.com
Lois Greenfield
www.loisgreenfield.com
Paul Lowe
https://viiphoto.com/profile/paul-lowe/
Aletheia Casey
www.aletheiacasey.com
Denisse Ariana Perez
www.denisseariana.com
Jeremy Leibman
http://jeremyliebman.com
Buku Sarkar
www.bukusarkar.com
Joseph Szabo
https://josephszabophotos.com
Jasper Goodall
www.jaspergoodall.com
John Bulmer
www.johnbulmer.co.uk
Mark Klett
www.markklettphotography.com
Ana Caroline de Lima
https://en.antropologiavisual.com.br
Endia Beal
https://endiabeal.com
Hugh Hales-Tooke
www.hughhales-tooke.net
Norman McBeath
www.normanmcbeath.com
Gary Calton
https://garycalton.com
Melissa O’Shaughnessy
https://melissaoshaughnessy.com
Mona Kuhn
www.monakuhn.com
The Guzman
www.lesguzman.com
Rachael Wright
https://rachaelwright.com
Tatsiana Chypsanava
https://tatsiana-chypsanava.format.com
Esther Ruth Mbabazi
www.esthermbabazi.com
Benedict Redgrove
http://benedictredgrove.com
David Eustace
www.davideustace.com
Nolan Ryan Trowe
www.nolanryantrowe.com
Jill Beth Hannes
www.jillbethhannes.com
Mark Steinmetz
www.marksteinmetz.net
Jeremy Nicholl
www.jeremynichollarchive.com
Mik Critchlow
www.mikcritchlow.com
David Corio
https://davidcorio.com
Jason Langer
www.jasonlanger.com
Harry Borden
https://harryborden.co.uk
Fabio Ponzio
www.fabioponzio.com
Simon Roberts
www.simoncroberts.com
Tadas Kazakevičius
https://tadaskazakevicius.com
Frances Scott
https://frances-scott.co.uk
Michelle Watt
www.michellewattphoto.com
Peter Fraser
www.peterfraser.net
Yukari Chikura
http://yukari.chikura.me
Steve Reeves
https://stevereevesphotographer.com
Claire Thomas
www.clairethomasphotography.com
Kristina Varaksina
https://kristinavaraksina.com
Paul Wakefield
www.paulwakefield.co.uk
J.M.Golding
www.jmgolding.com
Carol Golemboski
www.carolgolemboski.com
Dan Burn-Forti
https://danburnforti.com
James Oatway
www.jamesoatway.com
Marketa Luskačová
www.marketaluskacova.com

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