ARCHIVE: 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, which is made available for free on this website and on all podcast platforms.

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 and their audio contributions:

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 MacDaid
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
Ross McDonnell
https://rossmcdonnell.com
Sean Gallagher
https://gallagher-photo.com
David Rothenberg
https://davidrothenberg.com
Richard Ansett
http://richardansett.com
Ashleigh Coleman
www.ashleighcoleman.com
Ilona Langbroek
www.ilonalangbroek.com
Polly Alderton
http://www.dollyandfife.com
Ana Maria Arevalo Gosen
https://anamariaarevalogosen.com
Juan Aballe
www.juanaballe.com
Jeffery Stockbridge
www.jeffreystockbridge.com
Zelda Cheatle
www.zeldacheatle.com
Art Streiber
www.artstreiber.com
Frederic Aranda
https://fredericaranda.com
Ruth Lauer Manenti
www.ruthlauermanenti.com
Andreas Weinand
www.andreasweinand.de
Bradley G. Munkowitz (GMUNK)
https://gmunk.com
Alen MacWeeney
www.alenmacweeney.com
Mike Abrahams
www.mikeabrahams.com
Victoria Gewirz
www.victoriagewirz.com
Àsìkò
www.asiko.co.uk
William Saunders
www.willsaundersphoto.com
Mimi Plumb
www.mimiplumb.com
Donwilson Odhiambo
www.instagram.com/donwilsonofficial
Tricia Porter 
www.porterfolio.com
Ian Brown
www.ianbrownphotography.com
David Butow
www.davidbutow.com
Rashod Taylor
www.rashodtaylor.com
Edmund Clark
www.edmundclark.com
Learning Photography Special
http://cameronhowardphotography.com
https://sophie-jeffry.com
https://jackreesphoto.co.uk
https://sashaburdain.c.uk
William Saunders
www.willsaundersphoto.com
Dominic Davies
https://dominicdavies.com


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