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.


CU Photography at the National Photography Symposium




Following on from our recent success in the Guardian League tables, CU Photography has been invited to talk about its work with developing new business models for photographers at the National Photography Symposium organised by Redeye NetworkJonathan Shaw will join the panel alongside Stephen Mayes a leading strategist on photography and Fiona Rogers from Magnum. The symposium is taking place at the Library of Birmingham from 2pm on 12 June to 5pm on 14 June. It is one of the most important annual events in the field of photography, which provides photographers the opportunity to gather and talk about the core issues of the moment. This year’s symposium will focus on the theme of integrity.

You can join in the conversation on twitter using #NPS6

In addition, we would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Jonathan for being voted chair for the APHE, the Association of Photography in Higher education, who invited him as a speaker for the 2014 Summer Conference from July 9-11 at the Arts University Bournemouth.

Portraiture and representation

Following on from yesterday’s post, we would like to present some further works that were produced recently by first year photography students, this time in response to a brief that led them to to question representation through portraiture.

Stephen Ma  responded to the portrait brief by making a series of images which explored different aspects of portraits and representation through our senses. Click on the images for a full size view.

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Alice Riddy demonstrated a range of skills when approaching the portrait brief, exploring different ways of representing her boyfriend, through portraiture and still lives.

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Human presence

Over the last month we have given you readers of this blog a regular insight into the final year student’s work produced for their degree show.

In the meantime, the first year students have also been busy creating works, for their brief of photographically investigating  the idea of human presence without actually showing it.

Here are some examples of their individual responses to this fascinating subject. Click on the thumbnails for a full size view.

Aneta Warlikowski responded to the  task by photographing one of Polands infamous death camps. She printed the images using the cyanotype process to echo the shadow of human presence at the site.





















Thomas Tierney had a personal response to the human presence assignment for his project entitled “The Eviction.” As he describes on his blog, Thomas wanted to look at ”the presence both me and my mum have had on my house for the past 6 years.  Objects that we have owned have left their marks on the house which could be used as a metaphor for our mark on the house. I photographed the images digitally and then used liquid emulsion coated onto wallpaper that I ripped of my wall.”

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Off to new horizons

After an intensive period of production followed by their final exhibition, the graduating B.A students are off to new horizons.

Congratulations to all the group for all their efforts resulting in an outstanding Img19 degree exhibition, we wish you all the best for the future, and please, do stay in touch! Although the show is over, readers of this blog, watch out for the Img19 image makers, we are sure that there work will soon be seen elsewhere and may the skills they gained during their photography studies at Coventry lead on to many exciting opportunities.

Joseph Kesisoglou, from 'Lost in another world'

Joseph Kesisoglou, from ‘Lost in another world’