This talk by Dr Grant Scott will address the constantly shifting sands of engagement with the photographic medium. We read books and acquire a respect for how difficult it is to write. We are taught how to read the written word and appreciate its transformative power. We call it literacy – to communicate effectively and make sense of the world.
Grant will make a case for the importance of visual literacy. He will explain how digital photography has democratised the medium, with ensuing debates between those with analogue experience and the digital natives and focus on the importance of ‘the personal’ in defining subject matter. This will lead to an exploration on what makes a successful visual narrative.
Scott never shies away from controversy and this talk promises to be a thought-provoking reflection on where photography is today and potentially where it could be going in the 21st Century.
About our speaker:
After fifteen years art directing photography books and magazines such as Elle and Tatler, Grant began to work solely as a photographer for commercial and editorial clients in 2000. His images combine his experience working with some of the greatest photographers of the last century with his graphic and journalistic talents to create engaging photographic narratives from every commission.
Grant is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer and Subject Coordinator for Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, a working photographer, documentary filmmaker, BBC Radio contributor and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Routledge 2014), The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Routledge 2015) and New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography (Routledge 2019).
Each week Grant presents the A Photographic Life podcast and his documentary feature film Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay was first screened in 2018.
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