In episode 310 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed reflecting on the need to regularly replenish your cretivity and inspiration source and he reads from his new book Inside Vogue House: One building, seven magazines, sixty years of stories.

Plus this week, photographer Kyle McDougall takes on the challenge of supplying Grant with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which he answer’s the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’

Kyle McDougall is a documentary photographer from Ontario, Canada, currently residing in the United Kingdom whose work is driven by a fascination with rural environments, quiet spaces, history, and time. After graduating from film school in the early 2000s, Kyle spent the first ten years of his career working as a cinematographer and director in the television industry, as well as running a commercial video production company. In 2017, he and his wife sold their house, left their jobs, and took off on a year-long road trip across North America, which ultimately inspired a new creative direction in his career. His focus has now shifted towards pursuing long-term photography projects and sharing creative and educational content through his YouTube channel. His first book, titled An American Mile, is a culmination of five years spent exploring and documenting small towns in the American Southwest and currently, he’s working on two projects—one documenting the Slate Landscapes of North Wales, the other focusing on the history of the Royal Air Force in WW2 and its lost airfields.

Dr.Grant Scott
After fifteen years art directing photography books and magazines such as Elle and Tatler, Scott began to work as a photographer for a number of advertising and editorial clients in 2000. Alongside his photographic career Scott has art directed numerous advertising campaigns, worked as a creative director at Sotheby’s, art directed foto8magazine, founded his own photographic gallery, edited Professional Photographer magazine and launched his own title for photographers and filmmakers Hungry Eye. He founded the United Nations of Photography in 2012, and is now a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator: Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, and a BBC Radio contributor. Scott is the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Routledge 2014), The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Routledge 2015), New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography (Routledge 2019), and What Does Photography Mean To You? (Bluecoat Press 2020). His photography has been published in At Home With The Makers of Style (Thames & Hudson 2006) and Crash Happy: A Night at The Bangers (Cafe Royal Books 2012). His film Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay was premiered in 2018.

Scott’s next book Inside Vogue HouseOne building, seven magazines, sixty years of stories, Orphans Publishing, is now on pre-sale.

© Grant Scott 2024

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