Coventry Sounds

In response to the Coventry Sounds research project, as part of a 2nd year module, this group were tasked with investigating the music history of Coventry with particular focus on ‘The Lanch’.

This video mash up was created at Coventry University, the former home of ‘The Lanch’, where The Specials recorded this track in what is now the priory gym.

Created by Karley Foy, Lee Morley, Alex Taylor, Aneta Warlikowski and Eva Wysocka.


Coventry Photography Graduate Shortlisted for Top Guardian Award

Dean O’Brien a recent Coventry University graduate has been shortlisted for ‘Student Photographer of the Year’. He submitted images from an ongoing project that looks are the modern day Ukraine.

Dean is one of five shortlisted and he will find out at an awards ceremony taking place at The Guardian offices in London on 7th November.


People of India Exhibition

Photographer Jason Scott Tilley’s  “People of India” is currently showing at the Herbert Gallery in conjunction with his family archive photographs & historical archives form the British Library and the Library of Birmingham. Jason spent 6 months on residency at Coventry university, printing the work in preparation for this project.

People of India presents a series of extraordinary photographs drawn from three immense collections – two historical, one contemporary – created at key moments in India’s history. Together these official, personal and historic images invite the viewer to compare the ways in which the people of India have been documented over the last 150 years.


Jason also spoke to the 2nd year students about his work in the gallery.


Innovator Winner 2014

Imogen Wall is one of the winners of 2014 innovators award from ideas tap, for her “Craft of the 21st century” Project. In which she explores British heritage by documenting the contemporary role of handmade tailoring on Saville row. In her photographs she focuses on the making, the makers and how they are presented within their environment.

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Cleaners’ Photograms

After hearing the photography department’s Cleaners expressing interest in Lauren Thatchers giant photograms (see a previous post) Photography instructor Jon Legge ran a short class this morning to let them try for themselves! Some of the excellent results can be seen here (with from left to right, Jan, Bex (The new skills instructor in for Media) and Cecile)


Staff visit to Redeye Seminar

Photography Instructor Jon Legge spent a day in Manchester at with Redeye, the Manchester photographers network workshop titled ‘Digital Photography: The State of The Art’. Speakers included the photographer Dan Dubowitz and the Adobe PhotoShop experts  Martin Evening (Author of many books on PhotoShop) and Glyn Dewis (Pictured) A fascinating day was spent learning about the latest digital technology and techniques, which Jon will pass on to the photography students at Coventry next term!redeyeblog

Madrid connections

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Senior Lecturer Caroline Molloy has just returned from an Erasmus staff mobility trip in Madrid where she has been working with with Professor Hernando Gomez Gomez at The University de Europa Madrid to collaborate on a joint Visual Culture module due to launch this autumn (look out for further details nearer the time).

Whilst on the trip she visited some of the PHotoespaña venues. This year’s festival edition concentrates on Spanish photography and runs in various venues across Madrid until July 27th.

Caroline recommends the post-photography exhibition Fotografia 2.0 curated by Joan Foncuberta at Curcuto de Bella Artes and Memories and Reflections at Real Jardin Botanico.

She also touched base with level 2/3 Photography students Imogen Wall and Jenny Swerdlow, who are currently living and working in Madrid and are nearing their end of their advantage year at the University de Europa in Madrid. In response to what are they going to miss about Madrid they both replied everything!


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Developing skills together

Professional experience during studies is an important part of photography studies at Coventry.

In order to get work in the photography industry, a wide range of skills beyond the technical and creative aspects of image making need to be applied. Second year photography students Natalia and Siyana have complemented each other during their work experience at Curvacious inc, which they describe as one of the most challenging, but informative experiences that allowed them to gain confidence in their own approach.

A big thanks to both for sharing this video: a great example of the resourcefulness that freelance photographers need to adapt to the various clients they work for.

NEWFOTOSCAPES hits a screen and book-shelf near you

NEWFOTOSCAPES is the latest offering in open educational resources pioneered by Coventry. It is the brain child of Jonathan Shaw our Associate Head of Department, who was responsible for bringing the photography course to Coventry and also leading the early developments of open photography education co-founding and with course leader Jonathan Worth.

NEWFOTOSCAPES continues our belief and passion for understanding photography in the 21st Century, offering the reader new paths to explore and new thinking in this increasingly complex professional world. NFS features interviews with 9 leaders photographic stakeholders including; Andy Adams of the infamous American initiative Flakphoto, Charlotte Cotton author of The Photograph as Contemporary Art, Mishka Henner an exciting and challenging contemporary photographer and Dewi Lewis an award winning photobook publisher.

NEWFOTOSCAPES is a multi-platform book, released under a creative commons license and is available for free online at but simultaneously offered as an ebook experience tailored for tablet screens and as a beautifully designed ‘exposed spine’ hardback printed book. It has been made possible with the support of GRAIN Photography Hub and published by the Library of Birmingham.


Midwest Dirt

Coventry University Lecturer and founder of the Photobook Club Matt Johnston has been working with photographer Nathan Pearce for the past year to bring his work ‘Midwest Dirt’ into book form.

The book, which has been realised by Akina is available to purchase here though copies selling quickly.

In other news Matt has been made a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce for his pioneering work in open education and promotion of engagement with photobook work.

Matt has donated a copy of Midwest Dirt to the Coventry University library, so the book can also be found there.