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Alan Levine and I have been rearing this one for over a year but the time has finally come around to set it free. You’re going to have to bring all of your Remix skilz to the table as well as your big brain contextual understanding – you’re going to need to read Cory’s books and find out what the hell is grinding his gears.

A portrait of Cory Doctorow painted by Paul Wright from a photograph by Jonathan Worth. 


This week we’ve heard all about how Photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale’s collaborates in order to re-imagine his work and reach new audiences via new and unexplored channels, well that’s where we’re headed with this task. After you’ve read Cory and read about Cory you’ll use someone else’s images (mine) to hack,remix and transform into something awesome and for this Alan has rustled up a little space all of its own with some house rules and further instruction.

Don’t let me down. Lets go to work.

Tweet . . . → Read More: ForTheRemix

#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


Further reading:


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Alternative Task: From Shahidul Alam


Photographer and founder of the Pathshala Institute in Bangladesh, Shahidul Alam sets an alternative task for #phonar this week, one that turned into a life’s work for him.

You have 7 days. Go.

Use images to identify an inequality within your own space (could be your geographic or your social space – your street or your family album for example), having done so work out a mechanism through which you can transform it.


You can hear Shahidul’s original talk below:



#BTF Creative Task: Framing For The Future


Session 6 Alternative #BTF task – Framing For The Future

This is the third and penultimate of our alternative tasks which have be set by Professor and Author of Bending The Frame, Fred Ritchin. If you missed Fred’s talks then you’ll want to go back to the lectures from the start of the class – they’re well worth it. This iteration of Phonar has been re-written to draw on Fred’s Bending the Frame so if you do these tasks then please use both of the #phonar and #BTF hashtags.


“Framing for the Future” Make a series of images covering different events / locations / environments over a week for which you record all possible factual data alongside (names/dates/location/weather etc, keep the data clinical – facts only). At the same time make a separate sets of notes on how you felt personally when making the images (your mood, physical state of being etc), use Chapter 1 of Bending the Frame for inspiration.

Additional: Share the images with other people, once with the facts and once with the your feelings and ask people to describe how this information changes their experience of the work. Reflect and blog your . . . → Read More: #BTF Creative Task: Framing For The Future

#phonar Session 6


Its another full one so lets go to work -

We are in conversation this week with Photographer Sara Davidmann and Photographer, Educator and Entrepreneur Shahidul Alam of the Pathshala Institute, Bangladesh. Two very different practitioners but both continuing to build on our discussions around the gravity of the role of storyteller and picking up on themes brought up by Fred Ritchin and David Campbell.

Usual drill – as you listen please tweet your notes and comments using the #phonar hashtag and don’t forget to storify the global set of notes/tweets afterwards.


Sarah Davidmann

Images discussed here are at Sara’s website

Here are the Storified notes , please make your own set and augment them with related links.

Shahidul Alam

Links for images and projects mentioned:

.. and here are the Storified notes from Shahidul’s session, please make your own set and augment them with related links.

  Tweet . . . → Read More: #phonar Session 6

Creative Task: Reframing the Present #BTF


Session 5 Alternative #BTF task – Re-framing The Present

This is the second of our alternative tasks which have be set by Professor and Author of Bending The Frame, Fred Ritchin. If you missed Fred’s talks then you’ll want to go back to the lectures from the start of the class – they’re well worth it. This iteration of Phonar has been re-written to draw on Fred’s Bending the Frame so if you do these tasks then please use both of the #phonar and #BTF hashtags.

Alt task: “Re-framing the Present” Tell the story of a current news event. Use all of the available and appropriate perspectives at your disposal to make a version of the story which you feel is more accurate. It needn’t be a national news event it might be hyper local, perhaps you see a national narrative that doesn’t reflect your local/cultural reality etc

Development: Make alternative versions of differing publications/ broadcast channels, which reflect nationally and or culturally diverse perspectives. Tweet

A Post-Photographic Portrait


“A Post-Photographic Portrait”

The culmination of this module will be the production of a “post-photographic portrait”.

You should source and develop a subject whose story you tell through the production and broadcast of a “A Post-Photographic Portrait”; a phrase that we will investigate and clarify over the course of the module. Your decisions throughout this process should build upon and further develop the work we’ve begun in creative workshop and throughout the lecture series. This process should be evidenced explicitly and succinctly on your blog as well ( a 500 word reflective summary would do the trick).

Boom ! Easy-peasy.

Julián Péter @JuloPeter @Jonathan_Worth Hi! Bit confused on the latest task. Do we create a “new” post-photographic portrait, or do we transform our previous work?

JW >> Here’s a slightly longer answer than the 140 characters twitter allows: Perhaps see the task as a license (should one be needed) to “break out of the frame”. To break out of stills, to use sound, explore multi-point perspective and grapple with non-linear narratives. It’s the chance to make a bigger and more ambitious project than the weekly tasks and now that you’ve established a weekly turnaround of work you . . . → Read More: A Post-Photographic Portrait

Aaron Guy: Working with the Archive


Aaron Guy works at the North of England Institute of Mining where he has the daunting task of digitizing much of the institutes artefacts as well as transforming, categorizing and publishing them in new forms. Here Aaron takes us on a brief tour of the Institute and answers questions on the transformation of this great archive.

Below the photofilm/tour/interview you can see the stunning ‘Working, Void’, a piece produced by Aaron in response to much of the material he has been working with at the institute…

Matt J

Storify notes:

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#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)

(use this hashtag for your notes and comments #phonar #WM) Tweet . . . → Read More: #Phonar Session 5

#phonarSpotlight Wall of Fave


Amazing that it’s only week four and there’s so much awesome work coming in already – here are just a few of our faves. If your work is featured we’ll need a postal address so we can send you some #PhonarMerch* (email Everyone featured gets one of our numbered “Keep Calm” chrome ink prints, printed on textured heavyweight paper.

This is a picture I did not take from Sophie Moet on Vimeo.


Phonar: Pre-Task.

Ben Parfitt @bpart


#phonar pre-task.


*#PhonarMerch – as in Phonar Merchandise. Tweet


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.

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

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