Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Stephen Mayes interview

Always an inspiration, Stephen Mayes continues to articulate with clarity and authority the photographic realities which we all face, along with the opportunities that only some perceive.

Thank you Gerald Holubowicz for this fantastic interview and resource.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

European Parliament TV: Focus on Copyright

Here's the documented shredding of the Cory Doctorow prints 03.32 - 05.22, with a lively chat about copyright and copy-wrong afterward . Be sure not to miss the 'industry and artist representative' who dictates what artists want in complete contradiction of the two artist case studies that precede her.

(At risk of repeating myself - excuse me) I hope the kid in the bedroom does make screensavers or a fansite mash-up out of my images, likewise the blogger when illustrating their articles. I ask them to credit me (BY), (preferably to link), not to charge anyone to access it (NC) and that they share any mash-ups with the same (share alike) license.

To misquote an oft repeated mantra : 'obscurity is my professional enemy, not piracy'.

If you're a magazine, TV company, Advertising agency, ring-fenced online newspaper or other entity (now in existence or to be birthed in the future), and you would like to use my image to enhance your 'paid-for' content, then email me for my usage rates and I'll be happy to quote you.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Gerry Badger talks to Joachim Shmid on being Martin Parr for a day.

The following was AudioBoo-ed from the Host Gallery "Dummy to Genius" workshop with Chris Steele Perkins, Gerry Badger, Joachim Schmid and David Gray - here Gerry recounts a cwazy story about Martin and Joachim pretending to be each other.

Those guys..


Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Photography BA Teaching Assistant sought.

Coventry University are seeking to appoint a Photography Teaching Assistant to work closely alongside senior staff,
the gist of the pitch as far as I'm aware is below, as soon as I have the application link I'll post it but it will be on this page (linked here). Updated link here

The Photography BA Hons. has begun to establish itself at the forefront of its field within two years of opening the doors, and both Staff and students have won awards nationally and internationally for their work.

The degree's core tenet is to actively research and embed sustainable working practices throughout and beyond the course, with an outward facing philosophy that pro-actively connects with like-minded, global communities of learner practitioners.

We actively consider the roles of photographers and photography in the digital age, both in the broad social context and with respect to arcane, artisanal practices.

We value artisanal practice very highly and are excited by the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital age.

I don't know what the rate is I think it's
£22-30,000 GBP ($33,500 - 45,500 USD or € 26,500 - 36,000 EURO)

They'll also be hiring a Senior Lecturer too very soon, I'll post the link to that as soon as I have it.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

RSA Fellow's Profile

Jonathan Worth FRSA, a photographer, talks here of his work in the industry and challenging the traditional ways of working:

"Through my practice as a photographer and recently in my role at Coventry University, I research, develop and share new business models, and modes of working for photographers. My academic role is specifically to open out our teaching strategies to invite in the broader global community, engage the students with international practitioners and practices."

On joining the Fellowship: "I was very flattered to be asked to join, in recognition of my work. Specifically noted was a live trial that applied lessons learned from the sci-fi writer Cory Doctorow (who makes money from giving his books away free). This involved what Chris Anderson in his book "Free", calls 'versioning'. It meant in this case, allowing people to download my images for free but also enabling them to purchase a range of "exclusive" versions of the same thing. In a nutshell; Free brought a wave of followers and granted me access to people who demanded a premium product."

On contributing to Fellowship/Society: "Hopefully I can contribute as part of a conversation about the topics mentioned above. My role at Coventry University enables me to learn a great deal from the young people that I work with, helping me to begin to understand how their digital media habits will shape our futures. And likewise how we and they, might use those habits to inform our practices."

On what he would change in society given the chance: "As the internet is providing new architectures for collaborative learning, I'd remove traditional (broadcast) 'hierarchical modes of teaching', stop tethering learners to single location based institutions and recognise new, and ongoing, qualifying criteria."

On a recent bit of news which inspired him: "I heard that the photographer Rob Hornstra is putting into practice a lot of the ideas that I’ve been talking about on my blog and doing so very successfully. He has been featured at the New York Photo festival this year, which I think is fantastic. I describe his work on my blog."

On another Fellow he has spoken to: "Cory Doctorow and Jon Levy are inspirations to me, with both being very patient and generous in their support."

On connecting with other Fellows: "I always love to meet people trying to exploit the very things that most threaten their traditional modes of working. On a more practical note, I’m currently sourcing families of serving military personnel for a photographic project about the invisible and involuntary support network on which our soldiers rely. Broadly it is a quiet homage to those mums, dads, sisters, wives, children etc.

If you would like to be involved please contact me directly via my website,
by email:
by telephone: +44 (0)7900 801 430
or skype: jDubbyah"

Jonathan Worth by Paul Wright © 2009