Stateside panel on the future of photography education


2014 SPE National Conference

Collaborative Exchanges: Photography in Dialogue

Baltimore, Maryland
March 6-9, 2014 @ Hilton Baltimore

 In an age of interconnectedness, photographers are no longer solitary practitioners peering at the world through the singular eye of the viewfinder. Rather, photography is positioned at the heart of the contemporary art discourse, establishing relationships with a broad array of ideas and media.

The 51st gathering of SPE illuminates this new paradigm and celebrates the spirit of cooperation and social linkages. A celebration of the power of community and social exchange to propel new thinking in photographic practice.

Jonathan is delighted to be joining the Photography Confidential: Educators Talk chaired by Michelle Bogre, Associate Professor in Photography at Parsons The New School for Design.

Going into the second decade of the 21st Century, photography education is being examined and re-examined as U.S. students face unprecedented debt loads. What is the value of a photography degree in the 21st Century, when everyone with a smartphone is a photographer? Do digital cameras render images “computed” rather than taken? Should photography programs be teaching video, or more radically, merging with film and media departments rather than remaining as stand-alone departments?

Early this year Jonathan and his colleagues Jonathan Worth and Matt Johnston from the photography team at Coventry University were interviewed, along with over 40 other renowned photographic educators worldwide, by Michelle Bogre for her forthcoming Focal Press book. The SPE panelists are Dennis Keeley, Chair of the Photography and Imaging Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA; Pato Hebert, Visiting Associate Arts Professor in the Art and Public Policy Department at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; and Heike Lowenstein, course leader for photography at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Rochester, UK.

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