#Phonar Session 5


Hopefully its no surprise that there’s loads to squash into this week’s session – so lets go to work …

In the class[room] we will be dividing into two. One half of the class will be listening to the interview with Lebanese Photographer Dalia Khamissy on her work “The Missing” – prior to listening to that if you’re not familiar with the work then head over to ye olde BBC and watch #phonar contributor Benjamin Chesterton’s piece for starters.

Dalia Khamissy © All Rights Reserved


(use this hashtag for your notes and comments #phonar #DK)


The other half of the group will be listening to the interview with Saudi photographer Wasma Mansour where she talks about her “Single Saudi Women” project. Both groups will tweet their notes (please tweet yours using the hashtag #phonar and #DK or #WM accordingly) and when we come back together each group will present a precis for seminar discussion.

Untitled, (c-type print, 20”x16”, edition of 5 + 2 AP)

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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 .

And if that weren’t enough – sit down and get ready to be super moved by Stephen introducing us to Tim Hetherington, though if you already knew Tim and his work it’d be awesome if you’d add your thoughts to the conversation by tweeting with our . . . → Read More: Phonar session 3

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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Why Phonar? Lecture 1


This first lecture asks “Why Phonar?” and sets out the rational for the rest of the course. Please tweet your notes using the #phonar hashtag and if you Storify your own set of global-notes (by searching twitter) then please do put a link to it in the comments below.

(if the embed isn’t working follow this link to Archive.org )

This first session is quite dense with a lot of stuff in there so if you didn’t follow along , don’t worry because neither did half the class (they only pretended to because they knew you were listening). We can make opportunities for group discussions in Google Hangout if you’d like – we’ll post times on twitter.


Here are some more resources and reading bits as well as links to projects referred to in the lecture:









Here’s a blog to follow:



#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

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

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