Open classes: spreading the word


Here’s some recent news from Jonathan Worth, our course director for photography who has been very busy since the start of 2014 presenting his work on the Open third year photography module Phonar and his international collaborations with organisations such as the World Press Photo Awards near and far from Coventry. The best place to catch him is probably Twitter, but soon, on the 28-29.04 can also hear Jonathan presenting at the 2014 OER (Open Educational Resources) conference in Newcastle Upon Tyne. See for more details.

Other recent events he has contributed to include Digifest 2014 at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, the Reconnect Learning Summit in San Francisco  where he presented on his collaboration with the World Press Photo Award where he was also a featured presenter alongside Jim Groom (DS106) and Philipp Schmidt (MIT Media Lab) In New York to talk at New York University for “After Photography” author Fred Ritchin.


Book launch event


Jonathan Shaw, Associate Head of the Media Department  who is also an award winning photographer and educator, has been very busy working on NEWFOTOSCAPES a multi-platform book. It was commissioned by GRAIN, The Photography Hub and Network for the West Midlands based at the Library of Birmingham as a research partnership, working in collaboration with Coventry University.

We are delighted to invite you to the Book Launch and Panel Discussion taking place on Tuesday 29 April 2014 7.00-8.30pm at The Library of Birmingham

Invitation only – please RSVP by 22April to

Photography has never been a more dominant and embedded part of contemporary culture than it is now. The net, digital technology and social media have amplified our ability to connect and build communities, and sharing and communication of images has facilitated an exponential growth in picture capture and digital distribution.

NEWFOTOSCAPES is a collection of curated texts arising from a series of in-depth conversations with key stakeholders in, and influential commentators on, photography; including: Andy Adams, Charlotte Cotton, Dewi Lewis, Mishka Henner and Stephen Mayes. Perspectives and views cover a wide range of topics such as; agencies, appropriation, archives, community, curation, governance, licensing, mobile, networked-image, open education, photobooks, power and value.

The event will include a panel discussion led by Jonathan Shaw which will explore some of the themes explored in the book. Shaw will be joined by a distinguished panel including, Pete James (Curator, Photography Collections and Co-Director of GRAIN), Katrina Sluis (Curator of Digital Programmes, The Photographers’ Gallery) and Dr. Shaun Hides (Head of Media Department, Coventry University).


For more information see:


The Library of Birmingham

Centenary Square

Birmingham B1 2ND

Picbod magazine is out!




The students of the second year Picbod Open Photography class have not rested on their laurels since their successful recent exhibition in Leamington Spa. If you missed it, you now have the chance to find out more about their work in the freshly printed Picbod 14 newspaper that the group have just produced!

Here is an insight into a few spreads.

To find out more and order your copy follow the group on twitter under #PICBOD2014  and contact them via @picbod2014





week4 empowerment_spread









CU Photo Club Society exhibition and workshop

Withinthesewalls flyer1Within these walls: An exhibition by the CU photography club was held from 28-30March 2014. The society was set up by 3rd year photography student Ioana Bultoc and brings together all students who want to share their interest in photography.

About:  The Coventry University Photography Society is in its early stages as a society and have come a long way in the last two years. The majority of our members do not come from a photographic background and have taken on weekly tasks and workshops with great enthusiasm and passion, which has in turn culminated in a professional standard of photography.

To celebrate our achievements, we have taken it upon ourselves to organise an exhibition, to showcase our members work.

The exhibition draws inspiration from the open, online class ’Picturing the Body’, otherwise known as ‘Picbod’. Ioana Bultoc, President of the society and previous participant in Picbod13, took the initiative to pass on her experience from the open class, to share and teach her knowledge and passion to others.

Who is Involved:

The society was founded in 2013 by Ioana Bultoc, Caroline Walker and Sifis Kesisoglou and has since grown in size with an ever expanding team including Joud Kabbara, Hassaan Ibrahim, Steeven Oxybel, Talha Muhammad and Christopher Trafford.

We have a total of 45 paid student members and approximately 100 online participants of which 20 will be exhibiting their work.

Exhibition Venue: Roots Glass Box Gallery, (Opposite Browns), Earl Street, Coventry. CV1 5RR


Fri 28th March Opening Night, 6-10pm. Free Drinks and Free Entry.

Sat 29th March Traditional Photographic Workshop with Alex and Pete of Hand Built Photography 12-5pm, £10 fee to take part. Limited spaces available, please email the society for further details. Email:

Sun 30th March Closing day. 12-3pm.


Society Contact Details:


Twitter: @CU_Photoclub

Facebook: PhotoClubSociety



Since its origins, photography has a strong connection with the book as a format of output. As part of their module Creative Digital Practice the first year photography group have immersed themselves in the making of photobooks and gained skills in image sequencing and binding techniques. Below are some images of their recently made books in response to briefs looking at significant social and environmental themes such as the representation of international culture in the UK, rural life or urban regeneration. Find out more on the student’s own blogs linked to this post.









From Lucy Johnson’s book ”A man (and a woman’s) search for happiness in the countryside.”

Find out more here


Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 17.38.34

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 17.38.32













From Kellie Lock’s book ”Internationals”

See her complete book here












From Steve Ma’s book ”Chinese Culture and Cuisine – The Western Naïvety”. Find out more here

Picbod 2014: a closer look

Photographer Robert Capa once famously said ‘If your pictures are not good enough, you are not close enough.’

By this quote he did not necessarily intended a physical proximity to the subject, but rather the photographer’s close scrutiny on a topic they become a specialist in.

In the course of only 9 weeks, the second year photography students on the module Picbod (Picturing the body) were challenged to think about their position as photographers in relation to their subjects (including themselves). In doing this and addressing for instance the empowerment of the subject, it was possible to create images that have a deeper meaning for both the image maker and the sitter.

Matt Johnston, Lecturer and author of #picbod 2014 commented that:

” The quantity and quality of work produced in what is really a very short space of time has been astounding, what is perhaps more encouraging to see however is the students engagement and interrogation of the themes and issues we have explored in these 9 weeks. From week 1 there were uncomfortable situations and mirrors being held up to the students worlds – it is testament to their character and artistic rigour that they revelled rather than repelled from this.”

Below are some examples of the Picbod 2014 class. Click on the images and links to see the complete series of works!


Amico-Padula Picbod screen-shot-2014-03-06-at-06-50-11




Thomas Amico Padula took intimate portraits at close people around him,

recording the relation between friends and as a photographer with his subject.






Matthew Hague Pareidolic landscapeScreen Shot 2014-03-26 at 18.08.12






Matthew Hagues’s work ‘Pareidolic landscapes’ focused on the fine details

of skin and hair on our bodies, transforming the intimate and familiar into a new abstract landscape.



Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 16.16.29







Emma Shea‘s work explores the naked skin and makes

visible what we normally hide from others



Digital Media in focus

This has been a particularly busy term for the year two photography students who just finished their picbod exhibition!

As part of their module Digital Media led by Mez Packer in class and @ #cudigme Twitter hashtag the students created sets of images and videos addressing the themes of work, rest and play in relation to their research on the current role of Digital Media in society.

Here are some of many great examples of their different creative responses to the ‘play’ briefs. To see the complete series and find out more about their work, click on the images and website links!

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 11.59.25Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 10.33.02





Works by Aaron Sehmar




Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 12.07.42










Works by Emma Shea





Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 11.42.25















Images by Matthew Hague













Picbod exhibition success

Well done to the second year photography Picbod (picturing the body) 2014 group for all their efforts resulting in a fantastic exhibition last week end at Althorpe studio gallery in Leamington Spa!

In the words of  one of the photographers:

”The opening night on friday the 7th of march was a huge success and we welcomed tonnes of people through the doors. I am very proud of everyone that was involved in the Picbod exhibition, the work that was created was ​amazing and way over the level for just one module.”














Img2014 part one


Congratulations to the third year BA photography class for their very professionally delivered symposium at the Herbert gallery with a wide range of inspiring talks! Now the group will be getting ready for their degree show,so continue checking out the Img19 website and this blog for the last updates.




Image makers@work: Picbod 2014 show


 Here is a glance of some of the works the students have been creating on the Open photography module Picbod! Their final works will be on show from this Friday , 7th.03 until Sunday at Althorpe studios and Galleries in Leamington Spa, click this link for more details and directions.