#Phonar session 8: Pt1 Ian Macdonald by Jamie Macdonald


This week’s Guest Feature builds both on the way we’ve been experiencing the classes so far and on the subject matter. We’ve considered storytelling in various guises , telling our stories and those of other people but this week there are two subjects and two practices but only one film.

The movie is about the Photographer Ian Macdonald but the movie is made by his son, the photographer/curator and now film-maker Jamie Macdonald. So its kind of a pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time exercise – please tweet your comments and questions to and about the work below, which is at the same time the work of both Ian and Jamie – the story of a story-teller.

Tag your tweets #Phonar (Jamie is @jamemac , Francis Hodgeson is @HodgsonF) and do a Phonar search on Twitter to tune into the conversation.

Shooting Time Loop-1 from Jamie Macdonald on Vimeo.


More links than you can shake a stick at:

Ian’s site > www.ianmacdonald.co.uk Ian’s Dealer > http://www.sotherans.co.uk

Jamie’s site > www.jamiemacdonald.co.uk Jamie’s Course > http://ccad.ac.uk/ba-hons-photography/


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#Phonar session 7


There’s a lot of stage nerves this week as we get to meet one of our photo-heros and hear about his work being re-imagined as comic books and video games – session VII is all about MARCUS BLEASDALE.

Usual drill – listen along, tweet your notes and comments using the #phonar hashtag, and storify your own global set of notes afterwards which should be augmented with links, photos and other materials pertinent to your area of interest..

Right, lets go to work.

Task from Marcus:

Tips for the aspiring photographer/storyteller/photojournalist.

- Don’t go to news events, find your own story. Cover the unreported and stick with it.

- Think about your style and how you want to represent your work.

- Don’t rush to join an agency, take your time, reflect, work out what is best for you.

- Forge real and sustainable partnerships which synergize with your vision of what you want to create and say about the world and continue to work with them.

- Work out how you represent emotion and relationships and that will create your strongest work


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Professor David Campbell on Narrative, Power and Responsibilty



This week’s Guest lecture is by Professor David Campbell, was recorded in 2010 and has become one of our touchstones. If you’re not already following David’s blog then it can be found here : http://www.david-campbell.org/ and he’s on Twitter at : http://twitter.com/davidc7

Please tweet and hashtag your notes/comments/questions (whenever it is that you get round to listening to this) #phonar and we’ll aggregate them into our global set of notes to be shared on Storify.






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Phonar session 3


Apologies in advance for the amount of content this week – we only have seven weeks to go and we have a lot to get through so there are two “lectures” for this session, some tasks, practical top-tips plus feedbacks on last week’s and tasks set by Stephen Mayes (technically – regarding your CV/Resume, that means you can say you’ve worked for the director of the World Press Award Award and VII Agency – I do accept thanks via paypal fyi :) Luckily if you’re following online you can spread the four hours of weekly phonar goodness over a whole week’s-worth of toast or even a whole loaf of longer.

Please tweet your notes and comments as you listen to this conversation largely between Stephen Mayes and Fred Ritchin , with a little jDub magic sprinkled a’top. This is the first part – second part to be published during the week .

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From the Archive: Guest Lecture: Robbie Cooper – ‘Immersion’

We were joined in class today by photographer and video artist Robbie Cooper who well and truly immersed us in his work. The full talk Robbie gave looking through his first projects right up to his latest ideas to develop and further the ‘immersion’ project by directly involving participants in the media making process.

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Session 2 Fred Ritchin


For this week’s session Prof Fred Ritchin introduces his book Bending the Frame and some of the rationale behind it and his previous two.

“My concern is that if the media takes to doing what Russell is demonstrating now, that people, the public will begin to disbelieve photographs generally and it won’t be as effective and as powerful a document of social communication as it has been for the last 150 years.” Fred Ritchin 1990

Please tweet your comments, notes and questions with the #phonar hashtag

UPDATE : Had to pull this storify by Cognitive Psychologist Mariana Funes which includes notes from the lecture – awesome having you in the “global classroom” Mariana.

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#phonar13 Pre-task

The following message is to attending students but applies to anyone who would like to study remotely also. While you are not required to have a Google+ account, it would be great to be able to hangout with the larger class and to have you contributing along with the attending students.

So…Matt and I are going to be pumping out the #phonar love from now on so you need to tune the network – you have a Twitter account already (if you don’t then please go back in time right now and make one at least a year ago).

If you don’t have a Google+ account already then you need one (I don’t care Hazel, just do it – Jenny, Jenny – put that down, pay attention) add us to your “circles” (Jonathan, Matt) so we can “hangout” :) Too creepy? Anyhoo follow me on Twitter (@jonathan_Worth) and Matt (@mjohnstonmedia), you should also follow #phonar (@phonar) for all the latest news and tasks – IT’S THE LAW.

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#Phonar Joined in Class by Chris Floyd

We were joined in class today by photographer extraordinaire and all round good chap Chris Floyd.

Chris’ work is in the National Portrait Gallery and has also been recognised by the British & American awards for portrait photography, the Taylor Wessing in 2008 & American Photography in 2008 & 2010. Magazines he has worked for include The New Yorker, Harpers Bazaar, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine and ESPN Magazine among many others.

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Guest Lecture: Travis Shaffer, ‘We Are All Thieves, 2012′

The guest lecture below has been recorded by Travis Shaffer, who, in his own words describes himself as a ‘photographer of sorts’. Travis’ photographic practice regularly includes the appropriation of others images, and data to be reworked in his creative process. This lecture is an update to one he delivered in #phonar 2011 and proved to be be an eye-opener for many students.

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