Exploring photography and the urban environment

Bennett, Peter (2017) Exploring photography and the urban environment. In: Urban Photography: Making, Researching, Teaching (Photographers' Gallery), 13 Nov 2017, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

On our undergraduate photography courses, at the University of West London, we explore a wide range of photographic practices and genres, but in this talk I would like to look at some of the ideas we cover and the work of students who have explored the Urban Environment. As part of a year two module, Technologies of Seeing, we examine how the eye, the camera, and other optical devices, see the world differently and how our perception is determined by the technologies we use to observe things. Along side this we also consider how the rise of modernity has been transforming the city and our understanding of it and how this relates to contemporary life. In our year one Introduction to Photography: Place module, we explore a wide range of approaches to photographing landscape and consider the difference between ideas of place, space and non-place. We look at how different practitioners have approached this subject and how theoretical ideas can be identified and applied to their work. Our final year Major Photography Project module offers a chance for students to consolidate their studies and choose the area they wish to work in. A number choose to explore the urban environment in greater depth, creating new work that challenges and extends what they have done in previous years. The work I will be showing today was produced by students while undertaking these three modules.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Media > Photography
Depositing User: Peter Bennett
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2018 17:36
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2018 09:18
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/4831

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