Session 8 Alternative #BTF task – Reflection

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Session 8 Alternative #BTF task – Reflection

This is the fourth and final 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.

 

Source an image of the Coventry blitz. Ask yourself “how would this have been presented in today’s social and multi media environment? In what ways would it difffer? Is it better or worse?”.

Blog a 250 word reflective account.

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#Phonar session 7

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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:

http://www.raisehopeforcongo.org/

http://www.viiphoto.com/news/tag/marcus-bleasdale/

http://soundofdrowning.com/unspeakable_things.html

http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/feature/2290573/marcus-bleasdales-zero-hour-from-photography-to-the-world-of-video-games

 

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Alternative Task: From Shahidul Alam

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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:

 

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#BTF Creative Task: Framing For The Future

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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

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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 http://saradavidmann.com/

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

Shahidul Alam

Links for images and projects mentioned:

http://pathshala.net/

http://drik.net/shahidul-alam-my-journey-as-a-witness/

http://everydayafrica.tumblr.com/

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

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#Phonar Session 5

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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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#phonarSpotlight Wall of Fave

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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 jonathan@phonar.org). 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.

 

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Creative Task: Re-framing the Past #BTF

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Session 4 Alternative #BTF task – Re-framing The Past

This is the first 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: “Reframing the Past” Tell the story of an historical news event. Use all of the available and appropriate “with hindsight” perspectives to make a version of the story which you feel is more accurate. Use sources that include witnesses from that moment in time.

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

Creative Task: Transformative storytelling.

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Session 4 task – Transformative Storytelling.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Watkins @ampersanddragon

Using only found images (ie images from family albums and local library archives, not published in magazines) research and construct a photo-artefact/story that weaves a narrative linking the people depicted within.

Development : Build and include a soundscape relevant to your story. Include personal stories from the subjects depicted.

Inspiration:

William Burroughs (on cut-ups)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc2yU7OUMcI

http://www.openculture.com/2011/08/william_s_burroughs_on_the_art_of_cutup_writing.html

Joachim Schmidt

http://schmid.wordpress.com

http://www.lensculture.com/schmid.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/3675573/Joachim-Schmid.html

http://jmcolberg.com/weblog/2007/05/joachim_schmid/

Tacita Dean

http://arts.guardian.co.uk/critic/feature/0,,728587,00.html

Kesselkramer

“In Almost Every Picture book series”

http://www.kesselskramerpublishing.com/ (c/o @davewyatt )

Corinne Vionnet

http://www.corinnevionnet.com/index.php?/photo-opportunities/ (c/o @foodforyoureyes )

Mishka Henner

http://mishkahenner.com/filter/works (c/o @foodforyoureyes )

Jason Lazarus

http://toohardtokeep.blogspot.com/ (c/o @foodforyoureyes )

Curtis Mann

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm6ouqUcLcA (c/o @LarissaLeclair )

 

PS. You don’t have to like all of these – nor do you have to agree or condone what they do – Matt and I argue about this stuff all the time ….. #phonar is the hashtag for the “discussion” but no SHOUTING

 

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Professor David Campbell on Narrative, Power and Responsibilty

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

[View the story "Narrative, Power and Responsibility" on Storify]

[View the story "Narrative, Power and Responsibility" on Storify]

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