The Sound of Photography is a radio programme hosted by Frank Watson on Resonance 104.4fm and is also available online at

You will find here an archive of the weekly programmes that revolve around a guest photographer, curator, writer and others associated with photography. There is also a mix of music associated with themes of each show. The show returns in Autumn 2023.

Frank Watson is also a practising photographer. For further information visit

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Monica Bohm-Duchen

21st November 2019

Frank’s guest this week is Monica Bohm-Duchen, an independent curator, writer and lecturer at Birkbeck College who has worked for Tate, The Royal Academy of Arts, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and The Courtauld Institute of Art. She discusses her role as Creative Director of Insiders/Outsiders (, a nationwide arts festival celebrating refugees from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British culture, taking place from March 2019 to March 2020. Monica will also talk about photographers John Heartfield, Edith Tudor Hart and Gerty Simon who are part of the festival.

Grace Lau

14th November 2019

This week, Frank’s guest is the photographer Grace Lau ( Grace talks about her latest book Portraits in a Chinese Studio. The book is a result of setting up a portable studio in Hastings seafront and inviting locals and day-trippers to pose against a painted backdrop. She also discusses her 1980s project Adults in Wonderland which examined sex clubs in London.

Mitra Tabrizian

7th November 2019

Frank’s guest this week is Mitra Tabrizian (, Iranian-British award-winning artist and filmmaker. Her photographic work has been exhibited and published widely and is represented in major collections internationally, and she was selected as one of the Royal Photographic Society’s Hundred Heroines: Celebrating Women in Photography Today (2018). Her critically acclaimed debut feature Gholam was released in cinemas in the UK in 2018. Mitra will talk about her most recent film The Insider and her new book Off-Screen, published this autumn.

Jamie Atherton

24th October 2019

Frank’s guest this week is Jamie Atherton. Jamie is the publisher and editor of Failed States (, a periodical that deals with ‘indeterminate geographies’. Each issue since 2016 takes a theme (Island, Suburbia, Refuge) and contains contributions from artists, writers, and academics. He is also an artist who works across a range of media.

Patrick Fry

17th October 2019

This week Frank talks with Patrick Fry about a book he has published entitled Brick Index. He will be speaking about his and others fascination for the world of bricks, the history and collection of this overlooked subject as well as the intricacies of photographing them. Patrick is an independent publisher and graphic designer making books from unexpected or overlooked archives and collections at

Marketa Luskacova

10th October 2019

This week: Markéta Luskačová talks about her recent publication, By the Sea (RRB Photobooks 2019) as well as other photographic projects. She is best known for her work on Pilgrimages in Slovakia and projects on London Street musicians and street markets. Her photographs have been the subject of over 40 international solo exhibitions. You can see her work on her website

Film Still from THE DEATHLESS WOMAN - feature by Roz Mortimer. Wonderdog Films 2019.

Roz Mortimer

3rd October 2019

In this first show in a new series, Frank talks to Roz Mortimer ( about her new feature film The Deathless Woman ( which has its world premiere at The London Film Festival. Roz’s work focuses on expanded forms of documentary across film, photography and writing. She began working with moving image in 1995 and since then her award-winning films have been exhibited widely around the world in cinemas, galleries, film festivals, online and on television.

Mike Seaborne

4 April 2019

This week’s guest is Mike Seaborne. Mike is a former Curator of Photographs at the Museum of London and a practising photographer. He will be talking about his work photographing the Isle of Dogs in the 1980s, published last year by Hoxton Mini Press in the book The Isle of Dogs Before the Big Money, and other projects related to the River Thames. He will also discuss issues around creating and maintaining photographic archives and the impact of digital technologies upon archival systems.

Katie Guggenheim

28 March 2019

This week’s guest is Katie Guggenheim, Assistant Curator of the Hayward Gallery.She will be talking about the Diane Arbus Exhibition, Diane Arbus: In the Beginning.The show explores Arbus’s early work 1956-62.

Carla Mitchell

21 March 2019

This weeks guest is Carla Mitchell. Carla leads the curatorial programme of exhibitions and public talks for Four Corners, London’s Centre for Film and Photography. She will be talking about the archival project concerning the Half Moon Photography Workshop as well as a recent exhibition concerning the photographic work and fascinating life of Norah Smyth who photographed the work of the East London Federation of Suffragettes between 1914-16.

Martin Usbourne

14 March 2019

This week’s guest is Martin Usbourne who along with his partner Anne Waldvogel are the the founders of Hoxton Mini Press. He will talk about the ideas behind the company and some of the photobooks books they have published. Martin will also talk about his own photographic practice.

Peter Fraser

28 February 2019

This week’s guest is Peter Fraser. Peter has been at the forefront of colour photography since the 1980s and is an internationally renowned artist. He will be talking about his time in America with William Eggleston, his Tate St Ives retrospective, as well as his recent work Mathematics.

Gina Glover

21 February 2019

This week’s guest is Gina Glover. Gina was a founding member of Photofusion Photography Centre in Brixton. She has published work on the ways in which the landscape has been altered by human conflict and economic development. Publications include The Metabolic Landscape: Perception, Practice and Energy Transition. She will discuss both her early work and the work on climate change.

Ken Worpole

14 February 2019

This week Frank’s guest is Ken Worpole ( Ken is a writer and social historian whose work includes many books on architecture, landscape and public policy. His recent work has focused on landscape aesthetics most notably in the book The New English Landscape with photographs by Jason Orton ( He has also worked with Jason on 350 miles: An Essex Journey, a collaboration where writer and photographer travelled the extensive Essex coast. Ken will also talk about his recent research into the relationship between writers and the photographers.

Peter Chadwick and Tara Darby

7 February 2019

This week’s guests are Peter Chadwick and Tara Darby who will talk about their recently published book, The Town of Tomorrow: 50 Years of Thamesmead ( The book uses archival photographs, architectural drawings as well as contemporary images of the town and its residents.

Peter Chadwick and Tara Darby

7 February 2019

Alys Tomlinson

31 January 2019

This week’s guest is Alys Tomlinson  Alys was named Sony World Photographer of the Year in 2018. She will be talking about her work: Lourdes – the destiny of Christian pilgrims; and her latest work, Ex Voto, that takes a wider examination of pilgrimages across Europe.

Brian Griffin

24 January 2019

This week’s  guest is Brian Griffin; described as the “the most unpredictable and influential British portrait photographer of the last decades” by the British Journal of Photography in 2005 and “one of Britain’s most influential photographers” by the World Photography Organization in 2015. Brian Griffin has been a freelance photographer, filmmaker and TV commercials and music video film director since 1972. He will be talking about his work and influences.

Mike Crawford

17 January 2019

This week’s  is guest is Mike Crawford who has recently curated and published a photobook entitled Obsolete and Discontinued; a collaborative project that involved 50 photographers making work with outdated and discarded photographic materials. He will also talk about his own projects as well as his work as a specialist photographic printer.

Dennis Gilbert

10 January 2019

This week’s guest is the architectural photographer Dennis Gilbert. Dennis is internationally recognized for his  unique approach to photographing all forms of architecture. He will talk about his roots in S. Africa and his time studying in America before coming to England and establishing his practice.