So long, and thanks for all the fish.


As has become fairly standard operating procedure at this time of year #phonar enters a kind of pupa-like stasis. During this gestation period the onsite class decide how they’re going to emerge and how they’re going to transform some of the momentum they garnered during the live ten week iteration. Very exciting …

Meanwhile it’s time to hand out some tub-thumping praise to a few standout participants who really kicked all kinds of #phonar-ass in all kinds of beautiful ways. Big shout out to Suren Makkar aka #PhonarBangalore – we loved your work. Props to Julián Péter aka #PhonarBratislava and huge respect for (I think) being the first online participant and maritime student to “attend” every single session and complete every task #TopOfTheClass and a LinkedIn recommendation coming your way. A very warm slap on the shoulder to the mysterious wordsmith Mr Peter Wilson – we love your storytelling. And a special thank you to the Ms Priyanka Ghetia for inspiring us to push further, wider and younger with our open classes – we hope you get to go to the university of your choice and trust we’ll see much more of your work in the future because you . . . → Read More: So long, and thanks for all the fish.

A Phonar Post-Hack Thank You



Huge Phonar thanks to everyone who offered help and advice to get us through our recent hacking. All the special love is going out to Greg Milligan (left) and Matt Johnston (right) for waging all out war against the evil forces of SpamJackular and his minions.

Step 1 was to literally plug themselves into the mainframe and go down the teletube and into the minds of the baddies to melt their brains with phonar awesomeness.

Step 2 Was to plug me into a holographic stimulator and then assimilate me into this website, which is why it appears as though nothing ever happened. So long as I remain alive and plugged in we are good to go.

I think that’s what they meant – to be honest the language got a bit techy so I interpreted and rephrased for clarity’s sake.

Alridee then .. final week, lets go to work.

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10,000th classmate is a CaliPhonarian



Dave Dugdale CC BY-SA

This morning saw our 10,000th classmate come by for this iteration of #phonar, just at the point where another (Cali)Phonar class opens up starting from session one (if you came by late you can follow along with them). That’s pretty amazing and thanks to everyone for spreading the #PhonarPhun – the astonishing thing for us is that 10k figure is only people coming to this wordpress version of the class. It doesn’t include people engaging with #phonar over in Flickr, Soundcloud, Google+ , Facebook and of course Twitter – where #Phonar trended last week – has a “class” ever done that?

HELLO! #phonar is on fire this morning!

— Kate Green (@KateGreen28) November 13, 2013


Right – that’s enough gloating – lets go to work – our current task is featured over on BOINGBOING


#phonar on the radar


Prizes for the best photographed #phonar merch placements – you can download @daisywarejarret ‘s designs here and print them out as stickers and posters, then photograph them in situ.

@Jonathan_Worth a post-surf gift from the beach #phonar

— Mimi Ito (@mizuko) September 29, 2013


nb- no androids were harmed in this sticking


Jerome, AZ. The cliffs behind are the cliffs over the town of Sedona. (thanks Cogdog for correction -jw)

#Phonar present in the #WPPh house. Not only in sticker but also flesh and blood @Jonathan_Worth #WPPh_RC #Change

— Eefje Ludwig (@eefita) October 16, 2013

#PhonarAmsterdam World Press Photo HQ

Laptop of @CathyCasserly Director of Creative Commons Global


Growing Phonar in Arizona , USA by @cogdog

#PhoamBath #Awesome




The Desktop and laptop of Author Cory Doctorow.

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#Phonar13 Artwork for download


The most awesome Daisy Ware-Jarrett (check her pre-task from 2012) has designed some new artwork for #phonar13 and because she kicks all kinds of ass in all kinds of ways, she’s only gone and licensed them CC-BY .

So get over to and download them quick before they all go. You can make them into posters, stickers, flags and tattoos. Prize for the best in-situ documentary image of Daisy’s designs.

nb. Seek out a qualified and reputable professional when getting your #phonar tattoo. Remember, #phonar is for life and unlike tattoos does not fade. Tweet

#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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Phonar - [fo-'när] is a free and open undergraduate photography class run by Jonathan Worth and Chantal Riekel from the photography team at Coventry University in the UK

Follow #phonar on Twitter for the latest news, information and posts.


This is a JISC funded project which seeks to give access to networks and communities of subject specialists, professional practitioners and wider learning communities.

Material from this class is open for use and re-use under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Thanks to our #phonar collaborators…

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