It was my great pleasure to interview Chris following our trip to the Barbican to see 'Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector'. We had both listened to the excellent Desert Island Pics interviews on the Photoworks website and Chris suggested that we try something similar but featuring work by students. He had examples to hand so we had a go. On reflection we might have chosen a slightly less noisy venue (apologies for the door banging occasionally in the background) but you will hopefully be able to make out the discussion. We thought it best to limit it to 10 minutes and the images Chris talks about are included below. It would be great to know what you think.
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Welcome to the new Photopedagogy website and blog. Over the last couple of years we have noticed the growth in the number of photography courses being established by colleagues across the UK. This is really encouraging, not only because we love photography and are excited by opportunities for students to study the subject, but also in the context of the effects of the EBacc and the overall squeeze on arts and creativity in schools. Whilst we don't have any accurate statistics about the increase in the number of photography courses specifically, our sense is that there is a growing need for colleagues to connect with each other, to share good practice, debate the nature of the subject and seek support for the development of exciting initiatives.
For example, the NSEAD's Facebook Group 'Through the Lens' provides a fantastic support network. We are very grateful for the support of the NSEAD and other leading organisations in developing this resource. Our aim in establishing this website is to enhance existing networks and develop the capacity of colleagues to refine and develop their practice through a deep engagement with photography pedagogy.
Our aim is to invite colleagues to write guest blog posts, contribute longer articles and share tried and tested lesson plans on the site. We are keen to showcase examples of good practice by students in our Gallery pages, both the process and the products of their creativity. We aim to harness the wealth of talent and expertise amongst existing photography teachers in order to support colleagues new to the discipline and extend the quality of debate about what it means to study photography at this point in the history of the medium.
The site is in its infancy and, so far, features resources that we have largely created ourselves. Our aim is to expand its range and quality considerably over the coming months. We hope you find the site useful and see its potential. If you'd like to get involved in creating content for the site, please get in touch. Thank you for your interest so far and we look forward to working with you in the near future.
Jon and Chris
Guest blog posts by members of the photography teaching and learning community.