Excerpts

“I believe that most important role that teachers play is in the strategic facilitation of student learning rather than the dispensing of facts or even the expertise in sharing their own knowledge.  We need to flatten out this antiquated vertical positioning of teacher over student.”
Dennis Keeley
Chair, Photography and Imaging
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, CA

“We do believe that analog processes are important.  In a post apartheid context, photographers now use digital techniques but the analog processes help us understand our past as it was recorded.”
Svea Josephy
Senior Lecturer in Fine Art (Photography)
Michaelis School of Fine Art
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

“Technique should be taught, of course, but in the service of ideas.  Good technique can mask some pretty thin ideas and great ideas can’t really be communicated if poor technique obscures them.”
Paul Hill
Visiting Professor
De Montfort University, Leicester
University of Derby, Derby
United Kingdom

“I love photography because you can’t define it.  It’s true that photography is a medium where a thing itself makes its own picture, but what that is, is very slippery.”

Charles Harbutt
Associate Professor
Parsons The New School for Design,
New York, NY

“These days, images aren’t simply representations of the world, but rather, they become the world.  With that in mind, it’s important to learn to live in images, but most of all it’s important to survive in images.”
Joan Fontcuberta
Artist and Educator

“I don’t know if I can teach anyone how to be a great photographer, but I think that I can teach them to understand the historical ramifications of photography.  Almost everything has already been photographed, so how do we think of images in a new way? To me, this is about looking in relationship to understanding how a photo operates.”
Catherine Opie
Professor, Photography
Department of Art, University of California
Los Angeles, CA

“Even though technique is important to a photographic education, in this digital age the importance of teaching technique is decreasing.  The teacher only needs to teach the basic direction and reasoning of the techniques.  It is the student’s responsibility to further explore the different software and editing programs – and because students today come from a computer generation, they can learn these things themselves.  The teacher should focus more on the philosophical language behind art and photography.”
Bao Kun
Guest Professor, Photography
Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin, China
Part-time Professor, Photography
Zhejian A and F University, China

“The challenge facing photographic education is to actually redefine the medium and not continue to frame it with old metaphors.  If we really want to change the world then we need to start by describing it differently.  We are currently going through a second paradigm shift for photography as the digital image breaks away from the artifact.”
Jonathan Worth
Senior Lecturer, Photography
Department of Media and Communication
Coventry University, Coventry, UK